Scenes and outtakes from the Vols media day
Freshman defensive ends Corey Miller and Jacques Smith enrolled at Tennessee in the spring.
That's paid monumental dividends in the eyes of senior defensive end Chris Walker.
"They're miles ahead of any freshman I've ever seen come in," Walker said. "They're ready to play right now, and they will play right now."
With Walker holding down one starting spot and Gerald Williams and Malik Jackson sharing the other, Miller and Smith might fill situational roles, though Walker sees them as more than that.
"I think they can play every down," he said. "They're big enough to, (and) they've got the motor to play."
Positive Response: UT coach Derek Dooley wasn't happy with the performance in last Saturday's scrimmage. But he has been happy with the response from his team since.
"I told the players on Sunday it was very important to pick one or two things to improve these next two practices because this is an easy time to (say) let's hurry up and get (camp) over with," he said.
"They've really responded well. Each player had their own one or two things. That was their job with their position coach, to pick one or two things that they really needed a little extra work on."
Status Update: Safety Brent Brewer (groin) and fullback Kevin Cooper (knee) missed Tuesday's practice, but both wore full pads and worked out on the side.
Patrick Brown is a freelance contributor.