Notes: Scrimmage No. 3 in the books

Justin King

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The InsideTennessee.com staff of beat reporters hasn't missed a Tennessee football practice since Josh Woodward took over as the magazine and website's publisher.

Stationed at various parts of Neyland Stadium the crew is taking in the Volunteer workouts with a watchful eye to keep its site subscribers as educated on the Big Orange as possible.

Saturday morning was no different as InsideTennessee ventured to another spring practice to get as much information, photographs and video footage as possible.

Here's a look at what stuck out to us:

  • Another beautiful day in Knoxville saw the Vols in Neyland Stadium for the third scrimmage of spring practice.
  • Junior running back Marlin Lane did not return to practice Saturday after InsideTennessee.com was told Thursday that he was held out for disciplinary reasons.
  • The injury group seems to grow larger by the day. Players in yellow non-participant jerseys included Jason Croom, Jacob Carter, Trevarris Saulsberry, Paul Harris, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Curt Maggitt, Justin Meredith and Brendan Downs. Vincent Dallas and Maurice Couch were both in green non-contact jerseys. Tiny Richardson did not participate.
  • There were several signees, recruits and a commitment in attendance for today's scrimmage including Brett Kendrick, Brett Dockery, Josh Smith, Vic Wharton, Woody Quinn, Grant Haley, Tre Herndon, Cody Underwood, Noah Hoxie and Jaylond Woods.
  • Several former Vols were in attendance as well including Jabari Davis, Jason Swain, Herman Lathers and Inky Johnson. Johnson delivered an inspiring message to the team following the scrimmage. Former head coach Johnny Majors was also taking in the sites.
  • On special teams, Michael Palardy needed five tries from the 45-yard line to make a field goal in team run. Jones made Palardy go until he hit. On punt return, the scrimmage ended with Alton Howard and Devrin Young having to catch five punts in a row. Young nailed all five while Howard muffed No. 3 and 4 before catching five in a row.
  • From the offensive side…

  • Redshirt freshman Alden Hill had a big day on the ground. First, he trucked over cornerback Naz Oliver and he went on to stuff two balls into the checkerboard.
  • Wide receiver Alton Howard had an up-and-down day. He fumbled on a screen pass and the defense recovered to end a drive. However, later in the practice in goal-to-go situations from Howard grabbed two touchdown passes from Justin Worley to win the game.
  • Rajion Neal bounced off several would-be tacklers on a third-and-one run that gained about 20 yards. Later in the scrimmage Neal made a great move in the open field on a swing pass from Justin Worley that went for a touchdown.
  • Recapping some other touchdowns: Tom Smith had a rushing touchdown, Devrin Young reeled in a swing pass for a TD, Justin King snagged a Nathan Peterman pass in the end zone, Drae Bowles grabbed a TD on the sideline and walk-on tight end Alex Ellis reeled in a TD from Justin Worley.
  • Cody Blanc had a nice day. The sophomore threw a huge block and a reverse that likely would have gone for a touchdown in Pig Howard didn't slip and fall coming around the corner. Then Blanc caught a touchdown from Nathan Peterman in second-team work.
  • From the defensive side…

  • Justin Coleman set the tone for the defense early with a spectacular one-handed interception of Justin Worley in the corner of the end zone. Coleman later told the media he was out of position, but played catch up and made a play.
  • Junior college transfer Riyahd Jones was injured early in the scrimmage and didn't return. Daniel Gray filled in opposite of Coleman.
  • A.J. Johnson was able to collect a sack fumble on a botched handoff to Justin Worley in the early team periods.
  • Second-team safety Geraldo Orta had another big scrimmage. The redshirt sophomore lit up Tom Smith on run and came up with an interception of Nathan Peterman.
  • Daniel McCullers had a monster clothesline tackle on running back Rajion Neal that ended a drive. McCullers continues to move better as Butch Jones continues to challenge the senior tackle.
  • Freshman defensive end Corey Vereen had two sacks on the day and continues to stick out as a contributor on the second-team defensive line.
  • Check out InsideTennessee's slideshow of the action from Shields-Watkins Field (click to enlarge):

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