KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On a scorching Wednesday morning, Tennessee officially started its two-a-days portion of training camp, practicing in helmets and shorts during the morning session.
Later, the Vols will break for lunch and film study before working out again Wednesday evening.
Notably, sophomore defensive tackle Shy Tuttle participated in individual drills Wednesday morning, wearing big braces on both knees and ankles. The former 4-star recruit continues to recover slowly from a fractured ankle sustained against Georgia last season.
It wasn’t much, but Tuttle joining his teammates for fundamental work is more than we’ve seen from him thus far this preseason.
Aside from Tuttle, the rest of the Vols injury report looks the same.
Tailback Jalen Hurd continues wearing a green non-contact jersey — likely for precautionary reasons.
Star linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin still is in a green jersey, too, but the senior is showing no signs of issues with his shoulder.
Safety Micah Abernathy, defensive end Austin Smith, receiver Jauan Jennings and cornerback D.J. Henderson all remain in non-contact jerseys.
Note: The injury report is incomplete. UT media policies prevent reporting on players who are not at practice unless coach Butch Jones has addressed the injury.
What we know
* With another practice slated Wednesday evening, Tennessee focused on individual drills and fundamentals during the majority of Wednesday’s open windows. The pace of practice was noticeably slower and lighter than previous sessions. One pass-skeleton drill didn’t have near the intensity it normally runs.
* The Vols continue to focus on sharpening a dominant special teams unit, opening practice with punt and kickoff return. Both return units ranked in the top 5 last season, with the usual suspects (Cam Sutton, Alvin Kamara, Josh Smith and Malik Forman) taking turns catching kicks.
* Quarterbacks and receivers worked on Tennessee’s quick game, running two and three-wideout sets on different smoke screens. Position coach Zach Azzani was very active, making sure his unit focused on blocking fundamentals. The quarterbacks were sharp during the period, especially senior Josh Dobbs.
With HC Butch Jones watching, Vols QBs and WRs worked on quick game today, including smoke screens out of 3WR sets. pic.twitter.com/OOKxAmNZcR
— Jesse Re Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) August 10, 2016
* Tailbacks and offensive lineman worked the majority of the day on various blocking drills, with the running backs focusing on disengaging from blocks and then running a route. OL coach Don Mahoney continues to be hands-on in his teaching.
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com