Tennessee defensive lineman Wes Brown underwent surgery on both knees Wednesday.
The senior has had pain in the joints for several months. Brown was limited throughout the 2008 season yet still managed to start all 12 of UT's games in 2008.
Brown registered 37 tackles (5 1/2 for a loss), 2 1/2 sacks and a team-high nine quarterback hurries last season.
Brown seemed healthier before spring practice. He began playing his usual position, defensive end, then was moved to defensive tackle.
Brown, who is just 255 pounds, said he welcomed the move in order to help solidify UT's defensive tackles - a position of concern this season.
Brown's arthroscopic procedure was performed at UT Medical Center by doctors from the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic.
UT head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh said he expects Brown to make a full recovery in time for the team's offseason conditioning program in June.
Say Hay-wood: The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame announced that longtime UT sports information director Haywood Harris is its 2009 Distinguished American.
Harris has been a member of UT's sports information department since former coach General Robert R. Neyland appointed him sports information director in 1961.
Fulton assistant football coach Bob Black, SEC football official Rocky Goode, former Catholic High School football coach Mark Pemberton and Alcoa High School football coach Gary Rankin were selected to receiver Amateur Football Awards.
The awards will be presented during a Saturday brunch at The Foundry in Knoxville. Reservations can be made by calling chapter secretary Tyler Johnson at 865-974-1219. The event begins at 9:30 and is $30 per person.
Mentalist: Guard Vladimir Richard said watching film from last Friday's scrimmage helped the Vols be better pass protectors during Tuesday's practice.
"It was mental," Richard said. "Either the line messed up or the fullback and the line messed up. We weren't on the right guys. Once we watched film and realized who we had to get, we came out here today and got better."
Jones on Jones: Receiver Gerald Jones is pleased with his performance this spring, including his run blocking. In a one-on-one blocking drill Tuesday, he had no trouble locking horns with defensive backs.
"I've gotten a lot better, especially with my blocking," Jones said. "This offense puts me in so many positions to make plays, all I've really got to do is catch the ball and do what I've been doing since I was young. This offense has helped me a lot."
Schedule: UT will practice Thursday afternoon, its final practice before the annual Orange and White spring game in Neyland Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday. Fan day will be held 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Haslam Field. The Vol Walk will commence at 1:30.