Tennessee started off the bye week with one of the worst practices in Derek Dooley's time with the Vols, but back-to-back, "spirited" youth-oriented sessions left the coach satisfied heading into the long weekend.
"We had some guys who had gotten a lot of snaps, dinged up, so it gave us an opportunity to look at a lot of young guys and get them repped back up," Dooley said Thursday. "We're going to have to count on to play this year. I think that was a good, positive thing. Hopefully we'll benefit from it.
"It was good energy. Defense did a real good job today. It was two good days of work."
A number of those "dinged up" players were from UT's offensive line, as left tackle Dallas Thomas, left guard Alex Bullard and right guard Zach Fulton were limited. Fulton was seen at the end of practice with a walking boot on his right foot, but the injury is not considered serious.
Freshman running back Marlin Lane wore a red, non-contact jersey because of a minor ankle injury.
Defensive ends Ben Martin and Marlon Walls were both limited during the open viewing period. Linebacker Curt Maggitt, who was limited Wednesday, was back and appeared at full strength.
Senior running back Tauren Poole is recovering from a strained back he suffered on the first play of last week's 33-23 loss at Florida, but he did not miss any practice time.
"I've just got to fight through it," he said. "It's tough because running backs will get banged up. We take hits on every single play, whether it's pass blocking or running the football. I've just got to continue to take care of myself."