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Vols receiver Ryan Jenkins will miss spring football with injury

Ryan Jenkins

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Redshirt freshman Ryan Jenkins had hoped to shake off an injury-riddled debut season with a fresh start in spring football.

But lingering injuries will keep him sidelined for spring football, which begins March 7.

Jenkins, tight end A.J. Branisel and defensive tackle Trevarris Saulsberry are all slated to miss the spring season, coach Butch Jones said.

Jenkins redshirted after dealing with persistent setbacks in his first year. He rarely practiced and spent most of time doing rehab. Jones was optimistic in December that Jenkins was improving, but offseason surgery thwarted his plan to return to action.

A graduate of Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga., Jenkins is the son of Lee Jenkins, a UT cornerback from 1980-82.

A way-too-early look at Tennessee’s spring roster and depth chart

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Want to help crowd-source Tennessee’s spring depth chart?

I’m taking suggestions.

Tennessee starts spring football practice on March 7, but we’ll take any early glance at the spring roster above. (We’ve finally added numbers!)

We’ll update the weights as they are changed on Tennessee’s official roster, but be aware that many of the current weights are out of date.

In addition to the full numerical roster, you can click on each tab to view players by position. I’ve started a very, very rough outline of a spring depth chart by sort of ranking players at each position. Generally, I’ve erred on the side of favoring veteran players over newcomers. But the lists are 99 percent speculative. Some positions — like specialists — could barely be considered educated guesses at this point. I haven’t spent a lot of time on it, so there could be some obvious misses. But like everything else, we’ll keep it updated as the spring goes on. And by then, we’ll actually have something to go on.

When the summer hits, we’ll add the newcomers (currently in red) to the mix.

Receivers struggle in Tennessee spring practice No. 11: View from sidelines (updated)

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee
— It’s no surprise that Tennessee’s receivers corps is rebuilding after losing two potential first-round receivers, but the problems may be more dire than expected.

I’ve never claimed to be a football guru. I don’t try to analyze a lineman’s technique or comment on a quarterback’s release point. But sometimes the conclusions are obvious even for amateurs like me: Tennessee’s receivers have a LONG way to go.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more drops in a single practice viewing period. Devrin Young and Alton “Pig” Howard had rough days. Receivers coach Zach Azzanni was even critical at times of the normally stalwart Cody Blanc. The one exception? Jason Croom. There’s little doubt he has been the most consistent receiver, and certainly over the last week or two.

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Tennessee football roundup (with video and photos)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Contending with distractions was one of the themes of Tuesday’s practice. Let’s hope, for the sake of our eardrums, that coach Butch Jones moves on to a new topic when the Vols reconvene on Thursday.

If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, check out the video above. Just make sure your volume isn’t too high. If you’re at work or without headphones, you can check out our photos from the day instead.

Here’s the rest of our recent football coverage in the News Sentinel and GoVolsXtra:

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Tennessee football PracticeGram: Photos from Day 8

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Taking worthwhile photos of a fast-moving athletic event with a cell phone is a losing battle, but the magic of Instagram helps disguise some of the limitations. 

Check out tonight’s installment of PracticeGram photos taken at this morning’s practice at the Neyland Thompson sports complex.

You can follow me on Instagram here.

Above: The Vols stretch before the start of practice.

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Tennessee spring football practice No. 8: Observations from the sidelines


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Thursday morning’s practice started with excitement.

“This one is for soft-batch cookies!” Tennessee coach Butch Jones shouted into the microphone during one of the pre-practice player battles that occurs when players gather in a circle at midfield.

Our ears perked up! Cookies? Alas, it was a metaphor, and there were no actual cookies.

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Tennessee eases back into football after break: Practice No. 7 wrap (with video)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Football is back, and the storylines I predicted for the day didn’t really emerge after Tennessee’s practice on Tuesday morning at Haslam Field.

I told a colleague that we could pre-write a story about the coaches being disappointed in the way the players bounced back from the spring break layoff. I even predicted that Butch Jones would provide us with a bit of color by chastising players during the media viewing periods.

In fact, while Jones said there was some rust, he was generally pleased with the way his team bounced back from the long layoff.

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