Spring Practice Begins for Tennessee Football

The Tennessee Volunteers held their first spring practice session of 2017 on Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson Training Center.

After warm-ups, the Vols quarterbacks began their day by doing some snapping drills from under center and shotgun.

Later, quarterbacks Quentin Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano both showed off their arms during passing drills with the wide receivers. Both quarterbacks, who are under the microscope as they compete for the starting role come fall, looked impressive as they attempted mid to long range passes.

“It’s like a dream come true now that I get to compete for the job,” Guarantano said on the position battle.

When talking about his relationship with Dormady and the other quarterbacks on the roster, Guarantano said “We’re all good friends, we’re all out here competing and we all want to play.”

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Vols QBs Jarrett Guarantano and Quentin Dormady take part in passing drills. (Tanner Carson/WUTK Sports)

When asked on his thoughts on the open quarterback competition, Dormady took a similar approach as Guarantano.

“I’m taking the same mindset (as last offseason), just come out, compete, make each other better and it’ll all work out in the end,” Dormady said.

“I’ve really liked this football team’s approach starting yesterday, I like their mindset, I like their approach to practices, but a little too sloppy, but that’s to be expected from practice No. 1,” head coach Butch Jones said after practice.

“If this football team continues to stay eager and coach each other like I saw today, then we’re going to continue to improve and get better and better,” Jones added.

There were plenty of fresh faces seen on Haslam Field as the Vols’ five offseason coaching staff additions led their position groups.

The offensive line, led by Walt Wells, conducted some soft blocking and footwork drills during the early sessions of practice. On the other side of the line, new defensive line coach Brady Hoke was seen leading his position group through speed and footwork drills.

Mike Canales oversaw the quarterbacks, while Kevin Beard and Charlton Warren conducted drills with receivers and defensive backs, respectively.

Injured Vols Evan Berry and Micah Abernathy observe DB drills. (Tanner Carson/WUTK Sports)
Injured Vols Evan Berry and Micah Abernathy observe DB drills. (Tanner Carson/WUTK Sports)

Jones says that he was excited about seeing his new assistants on the field in their first practice.

“We’ve got great teachers, great communicators, great coaches that have great expertise,” Jones said.

“I sat back and I took notes…I’m not only coaching the players but I am coaching the coaching staff,” he added.

The Vols’ next spring practice session will be this Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

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