KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee was back on the practice field Tuesday, once again avoiding the chilly, rainy conditions and working out in the Anderson Training Center’s indoor facility.
The Vols continued Monday’s camp-like atmosphere, giving freshman and underclassmen extensive work as the team slowly begins preparations for their game against Nebraska in the Music City Bowl. For the second straight day, it was back-to-the-basics for the Vols, mostly focusing on fundamentals and special teams work.
The energy wasn’t as palpable as Monday’s practice, but Butch Jones tried to liven up the early afternoon session with an extended “Circle of Life” drill.
While it was normally difficult for the media to see who went head-to-head during the period, it was clear freshman safety Nigel Warrior won at least two reps handily against freshman tailback Carlin fils-Aime.
The funniest part of the day was when senior LaTroy Lewis jokingly wrestled quarterback Josh Dobbs to the turf and then strutted away like he’d just recorded a sack.
Initially, Josh Dobbs and LaTroy Lewis were spectators during Tuesday's "Circle of Life" drill. Then Lewis tackled Dobbs. It was amusing. pic.twitter.com/erdae2Fknt
— Jesse Re Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) December 13, 2016
Other practice observations …
* Green, non-contact jerseys stayed the same from Monday: tailback Alvin Kamara, linebacker Darrin Kirkland, nickel back Rashaan Gaulden and freshman defensive end Mykelle McDaniel.
* The quarterbacks, especially freshman Jarrett Guarantano, were a bit sharper in routes on air Monday. When he’s focused on his mechanics, Guarantano can really spin it.
However, Tennessee’s receivers, especially freshman Marquez Callaway, had issues with drops. Brandon Johnson had a drop, too.
* The defense worked extensively on tackling fundamentals, mostly using the donuts to work on form and technique.