Tennessee was back in Neyland Stadium on Saturday evening for their second scrimmage of the week.
Here are some notes from last night.
- Tennessee continues to wait on the waiver appeal of Cade Mays. He did end up standing out last night during the scrimmage. The Vols are really hoping his appeal is granted since he brings so much to the offensive line. Mays had been out, but put together a nice few days of work.
- With the absence of Eric Gray and Tee Hodge, Tennessee tried out another playmaker at the position. As we hinted, Dee Beckwith, who has moved around from the TE and WR room this Fall, saw action during the week and last night’s scrimmage. However, he did put one on the ground. But, overall, I was told he did run the ball really well. This could be another weapon that the Tennessee offense uses this season, especially if something occurs where others have to miss time.
- The WR’s had a very nice day. Cedric Tillman, Brandon Johnson, and Malachi Wideman all had good days. They made “big play after big play” last night.
- Trevon flowers had an acrobatic and athletic interception last night.
- The offensive line had a good night as a whole, even though they were still missing a few guys, including Morris.
- Defensively, the Vols were hurting at DB, with two potential starters missing practice. The Vols are trying to build up the depth by moving guys around between safety and corner.
- JT Shrout and Harrison Bailey were splitting time with the 2’s as Jarrett Guarantano continues with the 1’s.
- Here are a few players that stood out last night. Dee Beckwith, Grant Frerking, Bryce Thompson, Tyler Baron, Jay Blakely, Cedric Tillman, and Omari Thomas. Another guy who is picking up the pace is Bryson Eason.
- Tennessee was again missing guys because of COVID, contact tracing, or injury. It won’t be uncommon for some players to be “traced” for a second time, which Jeremy Pruitt has alluded. They’re struggling along the DL when it comes to a few of these problems, which is hurting depth and giving some younger guys a chance to step up.
- LaTrell Bumphus and Matthew Butler continue to be “high motor” guys along the DL. Tennessee continues to work in multiple guys, as it could be one big group effort. Elijah Simmons and Kurott Garland are guys trying to take advantage of the increase in reps.
Jeremy Pruitt discussed this past week’s scrimmage and “Contact Tracing” that is preventing the Vols to field a full roster for practice.
Tennessee will get back on the practice field this week. The Vols have been putting together a game plan for South Carolina, and I am told to start ramping up this week.
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