The Tennessee Volunteers began their second full week of spring practice—and their first week in pads—Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson Training Center and Haslam Field.
Only the first few periods of practice were open to the media today.
After stretching, the team broke up into their individual position groups and, just like last week, plenty of attention was on the quarterbacks.
Quarterbacks coach Mike Canales once again was very vocal in leading his group through snapping drills.
The quarterbacks then moved on to working with the receivers and running backs on go-routes down the sideline. Jarrett Guarantano and Quinten Dormady both had some impressive throws but both were also guilty of some miscommunication with their receivers. In Guarantano’s case, there were some passes with too much heat on them.
Head coach Butch Jones was not pleased with what he saw, as he made an announcement over the P.A. system to restart the drill due to having too many drops.
“The quarterbacks got to set the table…get us off with great momentum starting practice, it’s just like starting a game fast,” Jones said of the drill.
Elsewhere on Haslam Field, wide receivers coach Kevin Beard threw to receivers and tight ends himself as opposed to the use of a JUGS machine. Also, defensive backs coach Charlton Warren led an interception-catching drill with the secondary.
After practice, Jones announced that rising senior offensive lineman Coleman Thomas had a surgical procedure done on Monday night. Jones said that Thomas is doing “well” and Jones will know more about his time-frame to return in the coming days.
The Vols’ fifth spring practice session is scheduled for this Thursday at 4 p.m.