KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For the first time in weeks, senior quarterback Josh Dobbs wasn’t so lonely during warmups.
On Tuesday, a pair of familiar faces flanked Dobbs during preparations for Kentucky, as Tennessee tailback Alvin Kamara and cornerback Cam Sutton both returned to practice.
The two injured playmakers officially marked their return Monday, but the media got its first chance to see the captains back in action Tuesday.
Kamara, who has missed Tennessee’s last two games with a knee injury he suffered against Alabama, looked just fine returning punts in the lone period of availability.
Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara looks just fine. Even tried to volley a short punt. ??? pic.twitter.com/MHTMuxQfBd
— Jesse Re Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) November 8, 2016
Earlier in the day, left tackle Brett Kendrick was asked about Kamara returning to practice and said, “Alvin looked like he always does. Explosive. Fast.”
Dobbs echoed similar sentiments, saying, “It was definitely exciting to see him back on the field, running around at practice. He’s going to be back making plays for us.”
Meanwhile, Sutton was also back on Haslem Field with his teammates, returning punts alongside Kamara, Josh Smith and Marquez Callaway. The senior defensive back, who has started all 41 games of his career, broke his ankle against Ohio on Sept. 17, but has worked diligently to return before the season’s end. It remains to be seen if Sutton will play Saturday.
On Monday, coach Butch Jones said Sutton is likely another week away.
Other practice observations …
* Green, non-contact jerseys: Kamara, Sutton, Malik Foreman and Stephen Griffin.
* Both the safety and defensive tackle position groups were quite thin Tuesday. Per policy, the media is not allowed to report who is not at practice. Notably, offensive lineman Charles Mosley was getting work at defensive tackle. Kyle Phillps, who dinged his shoulder against Tennessee Tech, saw some action, too.
* The first-team offensive line is likely to remain the same from the Tennessee Tech game. But with Jashon Robertson and one notable absent, the Vols worked Drew Richmond at left tackle and Brett Kendrick at right tackle. Coleman Thomas and Dylan Wiesman remained at center and guard, respectively. Jack Jones worked at both guard and center.