Charlie Baggett's most experienced receiver is wearing a splint on his hand.
Two more have been wearing red non-contact jerseys seemingly at every practice.
But Tennessee's receivers coach doesn't look like he's lost any sleep recently over having to throw a pair of true freshmen into the fire three games into their UT careers.
"I think these two young guys are a little bit different than a lot of young guys," Baggett said of Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers after Wednesday's practice
"They're very confident in their ability, they've got some game experience now, so I think that they'll be able to go in and play whether they've got to start or come in (off the bench).
"We don't worry about it too much."
With the broken bone in Gerald Jones' hand and nagging minor injuries to Denarius Moore and Zach Rogers, Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers have shown flashes of the ability that had them so highly touted coming out of high school.
"It's hard on young kids to come in and play right away," Baggett said, "but these two guys have come in and picked up the system real well.
"We're very pleased with where they are right now. The whole thing is preparation and knowing what to do when you get in the game, it becomes second nature to you.
"That's the biggest thing about being a freshman, and it's hard to do that until you learn how to do that."
The 6-foot-4 Hunter, the talk of the Vols' preseason camp, caught two passes for first downs and a 35-yard touchdown against Florida, following up his acrobatic grab that set up UT's lone touchdown against Oregon.
Da'Rick Rogers, a former five-star recruit out of Georgia, had his 16-yard catch against the Gators nullified because he wasn't lined up correctly.
Baggett, who spent 11 years coaching in the NFL, said Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers are working mostly on route technique, reading defenses and making adjustments on the run - all while adjusting to the speed of the college game.
"It takes time," he said. "I had rookies in the NFL that had problems, so it takes a little time, but they're getting there."
Better Returns: Saturday will be Eric Gordon's third game as the Vols' punt returner, and the redshirt freshman cornerback is hoping to get a real shot to show his skills.
The Vols (1-2) only have four returns on 17 punts this season.
"Hopefully I can catch one without fair-catching it," Gordon said. "They kick them so high, but they don't always go as deep."
Gordon may not have many chances Saturday against UAB, either.
UAB's rugby-style punter Trey Ragland ranks third in the country in punting (48.4 yard average), and the Blazers (1-2) are fourth in the country in net punting.
Only five of Ragland's 15 punts have been returned, those going for minus-2 yards.
Nevertheless, Gordon is hoping to jumpstart UT's struggling return game.
"I feel like that'd be big," he said.
"Everybody knows Tennessee ain't been good on special teams in years, I'm just trying to change that."
Status Update: A visit to a doctor confirmed a stinger for center Cody Pope, who is still day-to-day and unlikely to play Saturday.
Moore (ankle), Zach Rogers (shoulder) and tailback Tauren Poole (thigh) all wore non-contact jerseys at Thursday's practice.
Linebacker Herman Lathers dressed, but did not practice and wore a brace on his right ankle. Savion Frazier was working with starters Nick Reveiz and LaMarcus Thompson.
Patrick Brown is a freelance contributor.