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Vols Spring Practice: March 28th


The Vols took to the practice field Tuesday afternoon for the fourth time this spring.  In Saturday’s closed practice, the team added pads and introduced more contact.

After spending the majority of time with quarterbacks and receivers last week, I decided to spend time with the offensive line.  As everyone knows, Trey Smith was the highest ranked recruit in the country and for good reason.  Smith isn’t even 18 years old yet, but he’s easily the largest lineman on the team at 6’6”, 313 lbs.  What’s surprising is he’s not overweight; it’s mostly muscle.  He could use some footwork help, including improving his speed, but I wouldn’t doubt if he’s starting the Georgia Tech game.  Yes, it’s too early to determine certain positions, but I (and most everyone else) believe he is talented enough.  Smith was also getting reps at right tackle and Drew Richmond at left.



Out of the three open practices so far, today was probably the worst for the quarterbacks and receivers.  Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride overthrew several fade routes on air but both also had several good looking throws.  As I said before, McBride has a lot to offer.  I think he can be a solid QB in the next two years.  Quinten Dormady was the most consistent today and looked solid on intermediate crossing routes.  So far, he’s looked better than any of the other QBs in terms of hitting a receiver in stride.  From the few reps I saw of the receivers, Marquez Callaway and Latrell Williams stood out to me.

On the defensive side of the ball, Darrin Kirkland and Daniel Bituli looked to be getting first reps in drills.  Nigel Warrior and Todd Kelly Jr. were getting a lot of reps as well, but once healthy, Micah Abernathy will probably get back into the starting rotation.  In one rep against the offensive line, Jonathan Kongbo completely blew by Drew Richmond.  It was evident that Brady Hoke was pushing his group very hard in drills.

Overall, today’s practice wasn’t the best.  There were flaws all over the place.  Butch even made the entire team run through the second period of drills all over again, mainly because he was critical of the QBs and receivers.  Hopefully, days like today can be used as learning points down the road.  The Vols will practice again on Thursday afternoon.



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