Suspended running back Marlin Lane was absent for the third consecutive practice and fourth since players returned from spring break, but coach Butch Jones continued to leave the door open for his return.
Jones said there were "criteria" that Lane needed to meet in order to be reinstated.
Fellow running back Rajion Neal said he speaks to Lane regularly. Lane was back in Knoxville but contending with a "sensitive situation," Neal said.
Neal said he expected and "hoped and prayed" that Lane would eventually return to the team.
Jones wasn't entirely satisfied with what was likely the final practice at Haslam Field on Wednesday. After a sloppy team period, Jones yelled, "Let's get better at this!" Then, dissatisfied with the way players ran to the next station, he called the entire team to the middle of the field for some choice words.
"I thought we were a little rusty," Jones said afterwards. 'We need to finish (spring practice) with a mindset of physicality."
For a full rundown of today's practice notes and observations, read Evan Woodbery's blog.