Devrin Young practicing on limited basis; Vols getting healthy

The non-contact jerseys are coming off for the Tennessee running backs, which is a positive for this week.A red jersey that was finally put on was also an encouraging sign for the Vols, even though a return is still likely a couple games away.

Freshman Devrin Young put on some pads and started fielding some kicks before practice on Tuesday morning at Haslam Field, giving UT its first look at a workout for the Bearden product since breaking his collarbone just before camp started this month.

"It was good to see him catch punts," Vols coach Derek Dooley said. "Now, he's not going to be able to get hit for a while, so he's still got a couple of weeks before he can get hit.

"But at least what it allows us to do is go practice one of the things that we signed him for, that's go back and catch some punts."

Under the watchful eye of receivers coach Charlie Baggett, Young showed no signs of problems fielding the football as he grabbed some early work with the returners -- with the last handful of reps reserved just for him as he tries to catch up after missing all of training camp with his injury.

Fellow rushers Rajion Neal and Tom Smith didn't miss quite as much time with minor knee problems, but the return of both to full-contact work is a welcome sign for a team that is looking to take advantage of more depth in the backfield starting with the season opener against Montana on Saturday (TV: PPV, 6 p.m.).

"That was big for us," Dooley said. "(Neal and Smith) needed to get the red off, I felt like, before the game. They need to get hit, they need to fall down, they need to make a cut in traffic and they all did that today.

"Hopefully they'll (both) be full-go on Saturday."

Young won't be ready in time for the Grizzlies. But he's now clearly closer to some game action.

More details later online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel. Follow@Vols_Beat on Twitter.

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bspurlingcac#225603 writes:

Awesome! I am glad he is making it back so soon. It can only improve the S.T.
Go Vols!

Go_Big_O writes:

Great news compared to this time last year. Overall the team seems to be healthy. Herman Lathers may be the one exception, but I'm hopeful that he will be ready to play sometime mid-season.

MilitaryBrat writes:

Hopefully Young can get healthy and help us this year.

Even though he is undersized for a SEC team, he will be hard to find for opposing teams(hidden by bigger players), and hard to catch with his cutting ability.

After watching some of his clips from high school, I feel he will be an exciting player to watch.

GO VOLS!!!

RaineyVol writes:

Young is going to be the surprise for the Vols this year... he is little and fast, hard to bring those kinda players down. GBO

Goodvol_1 writes:

I would like to see Devrin back for the Florida game. What a way to start your career at the University of the Big Orange! I'd love to see him make some game-changing plays during that game.

Vols1998 writes:

Lets go get some!

Go Vols.......beat some Griz!

pridebone writes:

Good news there. Get better, Devrin!

VolGrad writes:

Like to see someone back there returning some punts this year without turning it over. It has been painful at times just watching. But I think we have a couple of good options this year. Rub some dirt on it, Devrin.

VOLliven2it writes:

Looking forward to Devrin being back there and doing the job. I just hope he doesn't get back in too soon and reinjure himself. It is almost here and I am ready to be in Knoxville for FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!

VolGrad writes:

Wow! 10 comments w/o a single derogatory troll entry.

UTbassdrummer writes:

Bruce Pearl gets a weird office job: 35 comments

Vols getting healthy/Devrin returning kicks: 10 comments.

Getting healthy, especially getting Devrin healthy, is big, awesome news. Really big. We're deep and talented, like Gator Moms.

UTbassdrummer writes:

You have a crystal ball?

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

Is he a true freshman or redshirt?

Looking forward to Saturday!

UTbassdrummer writes:

True Freshman.

meanwhile...

Bruce Pearl gets job: 54 comments
Healthy, promising football: 16 comments

Tennessee needs more football fans and less drama fans.

VolGrad writes:

Devrin Young, just some highlights from his junior year...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30Qkki...

GBO!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to UTbassdrummer:

True Freshman.

meanwhile...

Bruce Pearl gets job: 54 comments
Healthy, promising football: 16 comments

Tennessee needs more football fans and less drama fans.

Train wrecks, car crashes, natural disasters sell.
Alien abductions, Elvis is alive sell a lot.
Family founds animal adoption center is back page news.
Human nature.

VolGrad writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Train wrecks, car crashes, natural disasters sell.
Alien abductions, Elvis is alive sell a lot.
Family founds animal adoption center is back page news.
Human nature.

...and he was just saying that Tennessee needs more of the former (football fans) and less of the latter (drama fans).

Nonetheless, it does seem a lot to ask, eh? Darn human nature!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Sounds good!!! Let's play some football!!!

Smokey says thank goodness everyone is getting healthy...

VolGrad writes:

After 21 comments.... That has got to be a record.

UCFgradVOLatHEART writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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I know it's nearly as bad as what has taken place at Vandy all these years. LOL. Your comments without substance never seize to amaze me

Ilovemilk writes:

Great news and after watching Mr. Young in highschool, I feel like our special teams are in good hands. I just cant wait until they work him into the offense the next few seasons. That is where he will surprise the SEC.

ArealVolFan writes:

lol CSS. There is so much fail in that quote of yours. Its both inaccuarate in how literally all those players left and how they would have performed. Only one of those would have been a starter here and that was jackson who was kicked off for failed a drug test. Keep on fighting the good fight.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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I just still have a problem believing you're a Vandy fan....No way a Vandy fan could attempt to do what you try and become the laughing stock of the GoVols website...but I must say...keep it up...I laugh (honestly) so hard every time I read your smack and think about you being a Vandy fan trying to get rid of those "loser" demons....Its fun for me though....

Ilovemilk writes:

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Ilovemilk writes:

Really??? Was my comment that offensive? Must have a lot of shuffle board fans here.

Vol43 writes:

Having watched CSSs' video, I'm more convinced than ever that he's not married to a woman, furthermore, female companionship is not a priority. We are all he has.

chattavfl86 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Come on now css, you are starting to reach a little. We all admitted janzen was a blow last week, but you are bringing up defectors from last season and a freshman who never played a down. The Tennessee vols are getting healthy, meaning the guys who are on the roster. You are still my fav troll though css, way better than those d-bag florida fans. Still, attrition is a natural part of the game, so don't bring it up as some huge negative when this is minor compared to 08-10

utvol1987 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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First off, this article is about the players we do have getting healthy. It has nothing to do with the players that are no longer here. Second, your comment about Jackson going to a nowhere school just to get away from Knoxville is just stupid. He didn't leave, he got kicked off the team. He had no other choice but to go to a nowhere school. And Vandy players don't quit because they have no one else that will take them.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

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it doesn't matter how many UT players quit, the Vols will always own Vandy

justthisonetime21 writes:

vandy would never have a player leave?? what does a vandy player do to violate team rules?

We already knew that Charlie Goro has transferred to one of the Dakotas, and that Jamie Graham is headed to UCLA for graduate school, where he'll play out his last year of eligibility, and that James Kittredge, who was sitting out the season for a violation of team rules, has apparently transferred to Michigan State

Read more: http://moral-victory.blogspot.com/201...

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Trolls are out now, time to go to volnation.com

keviningeorgia writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Yeah, you Maverick...

mtnbikrtn writes:

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I only know one Vandy fan in East TN. I wonder if you are him? He didn't go to Vandy either.

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