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KNOXVILLE — The growing list of lasts recently began striking Justin Worley's conscience.

KNOXVILLE — There doesn't appear to be a solution in sight to Tennessee's kicking question.

KNOXVILLE — It was around this time last year that the door through which Dimarya Mixon was hoping to go slammed shut, leaving him to evaluate his options.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee may be less than 10 days away from its football season opener, but the Volunteers continue to wait for things to shake out in their secondary.

KNOXVILLE — Preparing for a game should be easier this season for Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian.

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 — The suspense is over.

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.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee could have the answer to one of its primary preseason questions by the end of the week.

KNOXVILLE — The message was simple.

KNOXVILLE — Alton Howard's path back from the spot in limbo he occupied a few months ago to a spot on Tennessee's football team reached a big checkpoint inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

KNOXVILLE — Linebacker A.J. Johnson is as sure a thing as there is on Tennessee's defense.

KNOXVILLE — It was the first question Butch Jones faced after Tennessee's closed scrimmage inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

KNOXVILLE — At the onset of Tennessee's preseason training camp, Dontavius Blair staking claim to a starting spot at left tackle was a foregone conclusion.

KNOXVILLE — At times this month, Tennessee's football coaches have trotted four freshmen out onto the field at once to play on the defensive line.

KNOXVILLE — The start Tennessee's quarterback trio has had to preseason practice is causing some unrest.

KNOXVILLE — With an important preseason scrimmage inside Neyland Stadium looming on Saturday night, Tennessee was back at work at Haslam Field for practice on Friday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — In the blink of an eye, big Coleman Thomas went from the center of the offense to the center of the spotlight.

KNOXVILLE — At a couple of different points during the open viewing periods of Tennessee's football practice Thursday, the Volunteers were trotting out all newcomers on the second-team defensive line.

KNOXVILLE — After taking Wednesday off from practice, Tennessee was back out at Haslam Field on a sticky Thursday afternoon working toward Saturday, which will feature a morning scrimmage and an evening practice.

KNOXVILLE — Josh Smith made some memorable catches during the first half of his freshman season at Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE — In a span of a little more than six months, Emmanuel Moseley went from being a rail-thin kid from North Carolina who impressed Tennessee's coaches with his speed at a summer camp to the Volunteers' starting cornerback.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee receiver Cody Blanc will miss the 2014 season after rupturing the Achilles' tendon in his right foot during the Volunteers' first preseason practice last Friday.

KNOXVILLE — After poor practices on Sunday and Monday drew the ire of head coach Butch Jones, Tennessee appeared to be a sharper, more focused football team during the early parts of Tuesday's practice.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee might not have had its worst football practice under second-year coach Butch Jones on Monday.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee had its first position switch of its preseason football practices Monday.

Observations from Tennessee's football practice on Monday afternoon

KNOXVILLE — If you're ever near the wide receivers at Tennessee's football practices, you're likely going to hear Von Pearson's voice.

KNOXVILLE — It took Willie Martinez barely a split-second to answer the question.

KNOXVILLE — In a recruiting class bearing the heavy weight of lofty expectations, the bar is set highest for Jalen Hurd.

KNOXVILLE — Ethan Wolf came to Tennessee as the less-heralded of the Volunteers' tandem of freshman tight ends. It's not taken him long to reach the top of the position's pecking order, though.

KNOXVILLE — Corey Vereen knows his role in Tennessee's defense is expanding this season.

KNOXVILLE — For many Tennessee football players, it took too long for 7 o'clock to roll around Friday night.

KNOXVILLE — Brian Randolph was tired of the ribbing from his head coach.

KNOXVILLE — When he landed in California to train with renowned quarterback guru George Whitfield in May, Josh Dobbs expected he'd pick up some pointers to become better at the position.

KNOXVILLE — Marquez North is an easy pick to be the breakout star for Tennessee's football offense in 2014, but the sophomore receiver hardly sees himself as a star just yet.

KNOXVILLE — A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt were there three years ago.

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