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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.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee is just a couple of days away from starting its second season under coach Butch Jones. As the Volunteers get set to open preseason practice on Friday night, here are five questions they must answer ahead of the 2014 season opener against Utah State in 31 days.

KNOXVILLE — When Tennessee opens preseason football practice at Haslam Field on Friday evening, most of the eyes will be on the 32 freshmen who caused such a stir when they joined the Volunteers' 2014 recruiting class.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee walk-on point guard Brandon Lopez will miss his senior season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing pickup ball with his teammates over the weekend.

KNOXVILLE — In more than seven years as a head football coach, Butch Jones probably has never faced a task quite like the one he faces with the 2014 edition of the Tennessee Volunteers.

KNOXVILLE — Curt Maggitt has spent increasingly more time in the University of Tennessee's defensive line meeting room over the past few months.

KNOXVILLE — Detrick Mostella can exhale.

KNOXVILLE — It's the question University of Tennessee center Mack Crowder probably got the most at SEC media days last week.

KNOXVILLE — Their father set the standard.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's trend of playing neutral-site football games is showing no signs of slowing down.

KNOXVILLE — None of the 32 players in the University of Tennessee's touted 2014 football recruiting class lived closer to their future home than Todd Kelly.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's defense received some welcomed news on Monday night.

KNOXVILLE — Ryan Johnson didn't spend Saturday in Knoxville attending the Tennessee football program's second "Orange Carpet Day" event of the summer.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee capped its second "Orange Carpet Day" of the summer with another flurry of commitments, including two for a growing 2015 class.

KNOXVILLE — It all started more than a dozen years ago for Dillon Bates.

HOOVER, Ala. — Kentucky's quarterback situation is no nearer a solution than it was when the Wildcats' spring practice ended a couple of months ago, and that means Reese Phillips remains very much in the mix.

HOOVER, Ala. — Another log was thrown on top of Bo Wallace's motivational fire while the Ole Miss quarterback was on the way to SEC media days Thursday morning.

For the fourth time in the past five seasons, Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide was the SEC media’s preseason selection to win the conference title as the league released its preseason poll and all-conference teams before the final day of this week’s media days began on Thursday morning.

HOOVER, Ala. — The Missouri tandem that terrorized the SEC during the Tigers' unlikely run to a division title a season ago now is in the NFL.

HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema may prefer to play his football at a slower pace, but he certainly talks fast.

HOOVER, Ala. — An early Tuesday afternoon interview with a radio station complete, A.J. Johnson grabbed the placard bearing his name, affiliation and image and proudly posed for a couple of pictures.

HOOVER, Ala. — Tennessee's thin basketball frontcourt took a hit late Tuesday morning.

HOOVER, Ala. — The field was trimmed by one, but the race is still going.

HOOVER, Ala. — The style atop the Vanderbilt football program appears to be very different from what it's been the past three years.

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