KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee football Volunteers practiced Tuesday without receivers Jacob Carter (sprained right ankle), Paul Harris (hamstring) and Vincent Dallas, which made a thin group that does the most running during practice of any position group even shorter on bodies.
"It just took people stepping up," said Jason Croom, who made a leaping grab on a fade route in the end zone over cornerback Daniel Gray when the Vols suddenly stopped their stretching period to run a two-point-conversion play. "Walk-ons had to fill in spots for people that were out due to injuries. I felt like they did all right, but there were a couple mistakes we all made."
Some of the mistakes the receivers made in Saturday's scrimmage were more damaging, and coach Butch Jones turned his answer toward some dropped passes when asked to re-evaluate the scrimmage performances of quarterbacks Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman.
"I can see them progressing," Jones said. "I think our quarterbacks are getting better. There's so many things that I think the naked eye, when you watch a scrimmage, all eyes are on the quarterback, but a lot of times what people don't see is a missed assignment by a receiver, a receiver not winning at the line of scrimmage, not beating our one-on-ones, maybe a missed assignment up front in the line of scrimmage by the offensive line.
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