The Tennessee Volunteers football team took to the field Sunday afternoon for the seventh practice of the 2017 fall camp.
The media was once again allowed five periods, with no photo/video in period 2. Here are some of my quick observations from practice:
I spent a lot of time with the quarterbacks during the first few practices, but managed to shift around to other units today, so I didn’t see a whole lot from them. From what I did see, it’s been about the usual with Dormady and Guarantano showcasing their passing skills. Both were slinging it around and with a good amount of accuracy. I still think Dormady will be named the starter, but Guarantano is looking a little more each day like he’s making this race closer than I expected. I knew Guarantano was quicker on his feet, but Dormady also showed a lot of good footwork in certain drills.
John Kelly worked at one point by himself on the jug machine, which launches a ball to a receiver at a high rate of speed. He showed good hands and was even making some one handed grabs (as well as Jauan Jennings). I saw a little bit more of the freshmen, including Ty Chandler. He’s definitely the fastest of the group, but will still need to add a little more size. Chandler, Jordan and Coleman all showed good strength in pass blocking drills.
As mentioned before, Jennings was also on the jug machine, making one handed grabs and being very consistent. From the little bit I saw from this unit, I was impressed. Tyler Byrd made an athletic, high jumping catch on a crossing route. Marquez Callaway and Brandon Johnson are looking more and more like pure receivers each day. Latrell Williams put his speed on display during some deep throws and was catching balls in stride. I think he’s a guy that’s going to be a threat this year if the QB play is good enough. If they can’t manage to pass him the ball, then they need to hand it off to him or something because he’s just too fast and athletic to keep off the field. Freshmen Jacquez Jones, Josh Palmer and Princeton Fant also made some nice catches.
Offensive Line/Defensive Line
I’m not exactly sure what all the rumors are surrounding Jack Jones, but he was practicing and even drawing praise from O-line coach Walt Wells. Drew Richmond is expected to play left tackle again and was showing good strength in one-on-one blocking drills. On the defensive line, Shy Tuttle was getting some good reps, as well as Khalil McKenzie. Brady Hoke is going to rely on those guys heavily to stay healthy and contribute.
Evan Berry, Tyler Byrd, Nigel Warrior and Ty Chandler were working as kick returners. Freshman tight end Latrell Bumphus looks to have a bright future at that position, but also looks like he could be a special teams demon.