Butch Jones says UT players answered call with 'productive' Day 2

University of Tennessee defensive back LaDarrell McNeil during preseason training camp drills at Haslam Field, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)

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University of Tennessee defensive back LaDarrell McNeil during preseason training camp drills at Haslam Field, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)

Tennessee coach Butch Jones was critical of his team's intensity after Friday's training camp opener, but he was much more upbeat on Saturday night -- even if he struggled to say as much through his hoarse voice.

"Today was very productive," he said. "This group is extremely prideful."

Jones singled out the freshmen wide receivers for praise, saying the group had "improved our football team" from the spring.

For a full rundown of notes and quotes, check out Evan Woodbery's blog and stay tuned for more photos and video throughout tonight and Sunday morning.

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JSmith525 writes:

Go Vols!

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Go Vols!

I'll drink to that! GBO.

ThaiVolFan writes:

That is something we should all be very glad to hear from Coach Jones, "incoming freshmen recievers have improved our football team."
For it to be evident only on day 2 is a very good sign...we could shape up nicley by the end of Summer.

Vol43 writes:

A strong and deep offensive line, a platoon of running backs with fresh legs and a couple of dependable receivers might just be what the doctor ordered.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

But I thought our receivers all went pro!!?

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

But I thought our receivers all went pro!!?

That was last years crop.
Please try to keep up!
Wide Receiver U, baby!
Wide Receiver U!

ThaiVolFan writes:

I don't think anyone is expecting Hunter/Patterson type numbers this year but hopefully the skill set to grow into soon is there. We just need dependability our of the position this year. A good slot, possession and deep threat reciever would be nice finds by the end of Summer.

vol98champ writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

But I thought our receivers all went pro!!?

We have 4 incoming freshmen WR's. Two are 4* and 2 are 3*. A 3* commitment is reported to have decided to look else where. Could be a good decision since we also have 3 commitments for next year. Two of them are 4* and the other is a JC who was a 4* out of high school.

PHAT_VOL writes:

Who's gonna throw them the ball?

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Who's gonna throw them the ball?

Behind our o-line?
Baby Hughie.

vol98champ writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Who's gonna throw them the ball?

We have 4 QB's. 1 is a 4* and the others are 3*. I'm betting all 4 can throw the ball.

GerryOP writes:

It's great... To be... A Tennessee Vol!

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to GerryOP:

It's great... To be... A Tennessee Vol!

I said It's GREAT!...TO BE!...a TENNESSEE VOL!

tovolny writes:

in response to ThaiVolFan:

I don't think anyone is expecting Hunter/Patterson type numbers this year but hopefully the skill set to grow into soon is there. We just need dependability our of the position this year. A good slot, possession and deep threat reciever would be nice finds by the end of Summer.

Croom...vroom...vroom...VROOM...VROOM...!!!

BleednUrnge81 writes:

I can finally feel good about our prospects for the season again. This team will be drastically improved under butch jones, we will see in time a resurgence for tenessee football, a rebirth if you will. Our receiving corps is just as talented as last year, production will come. Our running back are underrated, our QBs are solid, out o line is sick, our d will be WAY better than last year. Its gonna be a good fall this year. GO VOLS !!!!!!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to ThaiVolFan:

I don't think anyone is expecting Hunter/Patterson type numbers this year but hopefully the skill set to grow into soon is there. We just need dependability our of the position this year. A good slot, possession and deep threat reciever would be nice finds by the end of Summer.

I don't think many people were expecting Hunter/Patterson type numbers before the season last year either. We expected the passing game to be really good, and those expectations diminished a bit when we lost DaFool Rogers. Hunter was returning from a serious injury the previous season and nobody thought he would be quite as good as before. Nobody really knew what to expect until the NC State game, then we all knew we were in for an offensive treat in the passing game.

Worley has some experience, but didn't get the chance to show off like Bray had done early (remember, Bray had huge numbers, but also missed playing against the really good defenses), so we don't really know what he's capable of.

At WR, I saw some real flash last season from a couple of guys, namely Dallas and Carter. Those two had the 2nd and 3rd highest yards/catch on the team. Oddly, they aren't either one listed as starters on the current official depth chart, and Carter isn't even listed in the 2-deep. He's been replaced by two of the new freshmen, which I think says a lot about those new guys.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

I don't think many people were expecting Hunter/Patterson type numbers before the season last year either. We expected the passing game to be really good, and those expectations diminished a bit when we lost DaFool Rogers. Hunter was returning from a serious injury the previous season and nobody thought he would be quite as good as before. Nobody really knew what to expect until the NC State game, then we all knew we were in for an offensive treat in the passing game.

Worley has some experience, but didn't get the chance to show off like Bray had done early (remember, Bray had huge numbers, but also missed playing against the really good defenses), so we don't really know what he's capable of.

At WR, I saw some real flash last season from a couple of guys, namely Dallas and Carter. Those two had the 2nd and 3rd highest yards/catch on the team. Oddly, they aren't either one listed as starters on the current official depth chart, and Carter isn't even listed in the 2-deep. He's been replaced by two of the new freshmen, which I think says a lot about those new guys.

Good post. I think there is a good deal more talent on this team than most would think, judging by the last couple of years. It may be uneven, unproven, and thin in spots, but I think this staff will be much more creative and consistent in choosing whom to play where and what they are to do. When you remove uncertainty and provide clear guidance, decent young athletes can get a lot more done than they could without those things.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to MooseandSquirrelVol:

That was last years crop.
Please try to keep up!
Wide Receiver U, baby!
Wide Receiver U!

You Do realize I was being fecetious. I do that sometimes. I think it's funny even when no one else does.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Who's gonna throw them the ball?

We're misunderstood PHAT_VOL!!! I'm glad someone else can be funny too(Because I am funny...sometimes)hehe

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