Tennessee

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's summer workout program included one late-night running session at Neyland Stadium in June and workout that featured strobe lights, dance music and a donut-eating contest in July.

KNOXVILLE — Most of the coaches on Tennessee's football staff enter this season feeling better about the personnel at their disposal than at this time a year ago.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's new-look offensive line will include one true freshman in the season opener against Utah State 12 days from now.

KNOXVILLE — There seems to be no shortage of motivation for the position group that's widely considered Tennessee's biggest question mark entering the 2014 football season.

Notes and observations from Tennessee's practice on Monday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — As Tennessee's menacing middle linebacker, A.J. Johnson already generates a fairly imposing shadow.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's open practice Saturday night at Neyland Stadium in front of an estimated, early-arriving crowd of 40,000 provided a glimpse into the Volunteers two weeks before their season opener.

KNOXVILLE — Von Pearson took his official recruiting visit to Tennessee last year for the Volunteers' upset win against South Carolina.

KNOXVILLE — Josh Malone is going to be OK.

KNOXVILLE — A fifth Tennessee freshman had his black helmet stripe removed on Friday morning, but it wasn't one of the obvious ones.

KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley will never know what might have been.

KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones switched up Tennessee's midweek training camp schedule, swapping a day-night two-a-day set of practice for a closed scrimmage under the lights of Neyland Stadium.

KNOXVILLE — Dillon Bates has taken the X's and O's from meeting rooms and video-review sessions and translated it to the practice or game field countless times before during his football career.

KNOXVILLE — There are the budding sophomore standout, the dazzling junior college transfer and the five-star freshman.

KNOXVILLE — In full training camp mode this week, Tennessee continued its preseason preparations on a steamy Tuesday afternoon at Haslam Field.

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