Vols on their toes after Butch Jones throws camp a curveball

North, Smith on first team during abrupt scrimmage

Tennessee coach Butch Jones walks by a group of players during practice Monday at Haslam Field. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones walks by a group of players during practice Monday at Haslam Field. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Vols practice on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Marquez North

Marquez North

After four consecutive days of practice, Tennessee players might be exhausted, but they certainly aren’t bored.

First-year UT coach Butch Jones has ensured that lethargy won’t set in.

On Monday, he scrapped what players thought were the normal practice plans and called for 11-on-11 team drills. In essence, it was an impromptu scrimmage at the start of practice.

“I don’t believe in being a creature of habit,” Jones said afterward. “You have to change things up. It’s our job as coaches to stimulate our players.”

Consider the players stimulated.

Because the scrimmage work came during the portion of practice open to the media, it also offered a glimpse of the Vols’ depth chart a few days into camp.

The biggest surprise? Not only had freshman receiver Marquez North pushed his way onto the first team, but fellow true freshman and CAK graduate Josh Smith joined him there as well.

The depth chart is fluid and could change again today, but the moves indicate that coaches weren’t kidding when they said that new receivers who made an impact in camp could push for jobs immediately.

I’m extremely encouraged, I’m not surprised,” Jones said. “When we recruited them, we thought they all had great ability.”

But Jones said the Vols are still in the easy part of camp, and he’ll be watching to see how they respond to more surprises like Monday.

“Now the volume increases, the mental grind. Everything goes up each day,” Jones said. “It’s a cumulative effect ... Some individuals will continue to improve and improve, and others will taper off.”

There was no change in the quarterback pecking order, as junior Justin Worley worked with the ones, redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman worked with the twos and freshmen Riley Ferguson and Josh Dobbs split time with the third team.

Unlike the receivers, the freshmen quarterbacks looked much more like ... freshmen. They were burdened by playing with the third-team offense, instead of the first-team unit, but Ferguson threw a gift-wrapped interception to Tino Thomas, and Dobbs muffed a shotgun snap during their brief appearances in the media viewing window.

“We’ve tried to throw a lot at them to see how they will handle the pressure,” Jones said. “They both have great command presence. The game’s moving fast for them, but I’ve been encouraged by both quarterbacks. But they have to minimize the mental mistakes. It’s taking the classroom to the field and making quick snap decisions while taking care of the football.”

Despite the two prominent freshman miscues, Peterman said there were actually a lot fewer balls on the ground — from drops, fumbles or assorted mistakes — than there were earlier in camp.

“A competition like this is bringing out the best in everybody,” he said.

Jones said that’s the idea. Now he’s watching to see who will thrive and who will wither.

“These are the days you get better as a team when you push through and keep grinding,” he said. “Are we where we need to be? Absolutely not. Are we better than we were in the spring? Absolutely. Are we better after Practice 4 than we were after Practice 1? Yes.”

And if all the depth-chart shuffling seems rash or premature, Jones has a reminder that the first game is just around the corner.

We don’t have time,” Jones said. “Time is critical. The hourglass is turned over. That’s the sense of urgency that our players need to have.”

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/Tennesseebeat.

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govols26 writes:

Love that Butch isn't just challenging these guys physically but mentally as well. When you play in the SEC everyone is athletic- not everyone is smart. Every little bit helps.

Can't wait for August 31st!

LibertyVolance writes:

Real pleased by the intensity of fall practice.

therightstuff writes:

I'll be a son of a BuTch...... love this coach!

6972 writes:

Can't wait to see North in action.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

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We appreciate your obsession with everything Vols.
Glad you'll be watching.

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

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Some users consider this comment inappropriate. Reveal this comment.

Add to that Oct.5, 19 and 26; plus Nov. 2, 9 and 23, and there's the reality of the 4-8 that's coming. If Stoops and the Cats can find a wide receiver to insert at QB, you can make that 3-9.

gdseller#206503 writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

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Add to that Oct.5, 19 and 26; plus Nov. 2, 9 and 23, and there's the reality of the 4-8 that's coming. If Stoops and the Cats can find a wide receiver to insert at QB, you can make that 3-9.

Since you are so highly ranked again, which game do you envision getting your stubby tails handed to you? It's a dawg tradition to fumble away a good team by living down to expectations right? Are you going to start out bad and then whine for redemption or build up the fair weather fans hopes and then drop the hammer at the end like taking away Christmas? Just like a dog in the house, always one game away from peeing on the carpet.

usafvol writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

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Add to that Oct.5, 19 and 26; plus Nov. 2, 9 and 23, and there's the reality of the 4-8 that's coming. If Stoops and the Cats can find a wide receiver to insert at QB, you can make that 3-9.

I'm sure you little boys think you're so cute and clever but in reality, you guys are so pitiful I almost feel sorry for you. It's obvious you titty babies are starved for attention and this is only way to get it but c'mon, you guys are ridiculous. It actually makes me laugh to think that losers like you guys are actually out there..

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

If this would fit on a Sandwich board for Marquez North, it should read:

"Hi and Marquez North. Buy a ticket or four and see me play as a Freshman in Neyland Stadium".

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to 6972:

Can't wait to see North in action.

John Ward would have had fun calling North's name when he catches a TD pass in the north end zone.

Rock_E_Topp88 writes:

Fellow TRUE Vols....PLEASE do not feed the slimeball trolls. I suspect 1 troll has 2-3 (or more)different names as the posts are within minutes of each other on multiple articles. This is a scream for attention or they are trying to make a $5 bonus for spiking post count. What sad little boys.

Leave them alone and let's get ready for some Butch Ball. I smell an upset, or two, in the air.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Rock_E_Topp88:

Fellow TRUE Vols....PLEASE do not feed the slimeball trolls. I suspect 1 troll has 2-3 (or more)different names as the posts are within minutes of each other on multiple articles. This is a scream for attention or they are trying to make a $5 bonus for spiking post count. What sad little boys.

Leave them alone and let's get ready for some Butch Ball. I smell an upset, or two, in the air.

Rock E,

Absolutely friend. Actually,we know who the idiots are.........Dawg days, Seven, 9/8 whatever.

As you said, recognize who these idiots are and leave them be. That way they'll wish people noticed their stupidity and responded, but in reality we will not have done that.

That's what bothers a troll........when they think they've said something cute, but nobody listens..........or cares.

SevenT writes:

This Bush league Coach Jones ain't fooling anyone, he is over his head just like Dooley was over his head

4-8

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

in response to Rock_E_Topp88:

Fellow TRUE Vols....PLEASE do not feed the slimeball trolls. I suspect 1 troll has 2-3 (or more)different names as the posts are within minutes of each other on multiple articles. This is a scream for attention or they are trying to make a $5 bonus for spiking post count. What sad little boys.

Leave them alone and let's get ready for some Butch Ball. I smell an upset, or two, in the air.

I smell a couple of upsets too, but is it accurate Kentucky's and Kentucky's wins over the Vols this year upsets? After all, unlike Jones and the Vols, they actually have coaches with major college experience and their recruiting classes aren't in a decommitment tailspin.

jack4444 writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

I smell a couple of upsets too, but is it accurate Kentucky's and Kentucky's wins over the Vols this year upsets? After all, unlike Jones and the Vols, they actually have coaches with major college experience and their recruiting classes aren't in a decommitment tailspin.

you better go check the police blotter back home there, lil fella.

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to Rock_E_Topp88:

Fellow TRUE Vols....PLEASE do not feed the slimeball trolls. I suspect 1 troll has 2-3 (or more)different names as the posts are within minutes of each other on multiple articles. This is a scream for attention or they are trying to make a $5 bonus for spiking post count. What sad little boys.

Leave them alone and let's get ready for some Butch Ball. I smell an upset, or two, in the air.

I couldn't agree more. However the people that respond to these trolls are just as pathetic in my book. Why do people feel like they have to say something back, as it just gives the trolls more incentive?

MetroplexMojo writes:

Mojo's second inspirational quote of the day...

"Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer."

Vol43 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Rock E,

Absolutely friend. Actually,we know who the idiots are.........Dawg days, Seven, 9/8 whatever.

As you said, recognize who these idiots are and leave them be. That way they'll wish people noticed their stupidity and responded, but in reality we will not have done that.

That's what bothers a troll........when they think they've said something cute, but nobody listens..........or cares.

Hey OC, about this Ninewillbefine character. I'm near certain this is none other than gatorbait88, just another new name. This loser troll lives in Knoxville and works the graveyard shift in Alcoa. Can you imagine how miserable this loser must be? A gator living right in the heart of Vol land. I think it's funny that everyday he has to rub shoulders with Vols. It would be like being forced to live and work in gainsville, the sewer of the country.

usafvol writes:

in response to HooRay_Vol:

I couldn't agree more. However the people that respond to these trolls are just as pathetic in my book. Why do people feel like they have to say something back, as it just gives the trolls more incentive?

You're no better that the trolls butt nugget!

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to Vol43:

Hey OC, about this Ninewillbefine character. I'm near certain this is none other than gatorbait88, just another new name. This loser troll lives in Knoxville and works the graveyard shift in Alcoa. Can you imagine how miserable this loser must be? A gator living right in the heart of Vol land. I think it's funny that everyday he has to rub shoulders with Vols. It would be like being forced to live and work in gainsville, the sewer of the country.

43,

I don't think 88 and Nine are the same person. While 88 is misguided being a UF fan, he and CCLC show some respect and decorum that you do not see from the trolls.

Vol43 writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

43,

I don't think 88 and Nine are the same person. While 88 is misguided being a UF fan, he and CCLC show some respect and decorum that you do not see from the trolls.

MM, I still maintain this is none other than the infamous gatorbait88. I know this man's style. He's been booted repeatedly, but always returns. This time around, he has posted 13 times since aug 1. The times of his posts all suggest he's a graveyarder. I challenge you to read his most recent offerings and I think you'll see what I'm saying. All of them without expection are mean spirited. In one he calls us losers. No, he's not just taking gentile jabs, he's a real Vol hater.

antonio14313 writes:

iron sharpens iron...

go vols!!!

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volistic writes:

in response to Rock_E_Topp88:

Fellow TRUE Vols....PLEASE do not feed the slimeball trolls. I suspect 1 troll has 2-3 (or more)different names as the posts are within minutes of each other on multiple articles. This is a scream for attention or they are trying to make a $5 bonus for spiking post count. What sad little boys.

Leave them alone and let's get ready for some Butch Ball. I smell an upset, or two, in the air.

Very true. These people who pretend to be fans of other schools, yet spend every waking minute on a UT site are desperately seeking attention. Have you noticed how they seem to know more about UT's schedule, recruiting and history than most UT fans? Do people really think Florida or Alabama fans are going to spend all their time on a UT site? These are actually people obsessed with UT, more than most UT fans, and have found that they can get more attention by heckling other fans.

62vol writes:

in response to volistic:

Very true. These people who pretend to be fans of other schools, yet spend every waking minute on a UT site are desperately seeking attention. Have you noticed how they seem to know more about UT's schedule, recruiting and history than most UT fans? Do people really think Florida or Alabama fans are going to spend all their time on a UT site? These are actually people obsessed with UT, more than most UT fans, and have found that they can get more attention by heckling other fans.

The people who respond to the trolls are part of the distraction on this site.

gc_scvol writes:

The Dawg is johnny boy

tovolny writes:

If anybody wants to read about recruit, Chris Lammons, click the link below. GoVols (24/7) tries to tease us into joining their data dump.

http://247sports.com/Article/Cornerba...

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

I smell a couple of upsets too, but is it accurate Kentucky's and Kentucky's wins over the Vols this year upsets? After all, unlike Jones and the Vols, they actually have coaches with major college experience and their recruiting classes aren't in a decommitment tailspin.

I'm assuming you are a "dawg" fan - so keep in mind your "reality check" comes on Aug 31st, your demise and fall from the SEC east lead will be on Sept 7th, your fall from the top 25 comes on Sept 28th and your complete demise as a "touted" top 10 team comes to a head on Oct 5 right here in K-town....UGA will lose a minimum of 4 games this yr.

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to 62vol:

The people who respond to the trolls are part of the distraction on this site.

I couldn't agree more. When will some people learn?

Rock_E_Topp88 writes:

in response to HooRay_Vol:

I couldn't agree more. When will some people learn?

We, as true Vols, need to totally ignore the trolls. Better yet, each time they pass gas on here we all need to "Suggest Removal" and hopefully they will get booted. Then they have to sit around in their cubicle coming up with some new witty name.

As for me, I will never respond to any slimewad troll nor even mention their name. Doing so gives them a special tingly feeling and/or a $5 bonus for upping post count.

Lets just get ready for some Butch Ball in about 3 weeks...woooooohooooooo!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to HooRay_Vol:

I couldn't agree more. When will some people learn?

I guess we should all just sign up for Gpvols247 huh?lol

pcorange writes:

in response to gdseller#206503:

Since you are so highly ranked again, which game do you envision getting your stubby tails handed to you? It's a dawg tradition to fumble away a good team by living down to expectations right? Are you going to start out bad and then whine for redemption or build up the fair weather fans hopes and then drop the hammer at the end like taking away Christmas? Just like a dog in the house, always one game away from peeing on the carpet.

This has to be the post of the century! ROTF.

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

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I can't wait for you to stick a rusty skewer up your arse!!

You better run upstairs to mommy and tattle!

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

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Add to that Oct.5, 19 and 26; plus Nov. 2, 9 and 23, and there's the reality of the 4-8 that's coming. If Stoops and the Cats can find a wide receiver to insert at QB, you can make that 3-9.

A GATURD and a UGAY MUTT; both bark like dawgs, both live in mommy's basement and both are going to be out of the SEC East race by November 1! They are a match made in hell!

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to SevenT:

This Bush league Coach Jones ain't fooling anyone, he is over his head just like Dooley was over his head

4-8

Want to lay some $$ on that 4-8 record? You haven't the stones to put your money where you @ss of a mouth is!

I'm betting you don't even have a job, LOSER!

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to LifetimeVolFan98:

I'm assuming you are a "dawg" fan - so keep in mind your "reality check" comes on Aug 31st, your demise and fall from the SEC east lead will be on Sept 7th, your fall from the top 25 comes on Sept 28th and your complete demise as a "touted" top 10 team comes to a head on Oct 5 right here in K-town....UGA will lose a minimum of 4 games this yr.

He’s not a ‘dawg’ fan. He’s constantly changing his identity and spews nonsense to try and get a rise out of everyone.

MetroplexMojo writes:

So a Preacher, a Racist, and a Murderer walk into a bar......

http://lastangryfan.com/2013/08/tim-t...

Looks like Hernandez was well trained in "put your hands up" command from his interactions with Gangsville law enforcement

mountainbrook writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

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Add to that Oct.5, 19 and 26; plus Nov. 2, 9 and 23, and there's the reality of the 4-8 that's coming. If Stoops and the Cats can find a wide receiver to insert at QB, you can make that 3-9.

No coach does less with more talent than Richt. He'll prove that to you again this year.

Vol43 writes:

Anyone?

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

in response to pcorange:

This has to be the post of the century! ROTF.

Oh Yeah! And so original! You Cellar Vols have been saying that for 4 years now! I think it's about 10 to Bama, and at least a dozen to the Gaturs. Post of the century? Right! The only post in Knoville, this year, is where we're hang that "hob nail boot" during the "post" game celebration as we continue to run up our streak! You're 4-8 or 5-7 this year; face it.

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

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Really enjoying the replay of the 2013 sugar bowl where UFAG (university of florida at Gainesville) gets dominated by the Louisville Cardinals...awesome GO VOLS

Vol43 writes:

No one

GerryOP writes:

in response to 2Geezy:

its on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDchIb...

Thanks Geezy! Some good stuff on the tape. Not bad for the 4th day of practice. Yup, the rookies are unknown ... but not for long.

This early in the year, love that black tape on the helmet! Gotta print out a '13 roster to know who they are. A lot of new names going to be playing regularly this year!

Still got to get through the fall without serious injuries. But, with the talent I see, 6-6 would be a failure. Book it!

GerryOP writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

Oh Yeah! And so original! You Cellar Vols have been saying that for 4 years now! I think it's about 10 to Bama, and at least a dozen to the Gaturs. Post of the century? Right! The only post in Knoville, this year, is where we're hang that "hob nail boot" during the "post" game celebration as we continue to run up our streak! You're 4-8 or 5-7 this year; face it.

Hey dawg, what you doin' running around our yard yappin' like a lost pup? What's the matter, did UGa LXXXVVIII, or whatever, bark at you so you ran over here? Enjoy your silly yappin', soon your goin' to be worryin' about your lil' Cowpups! Get outta her before we call the ASPCA! Bwaaaa, haaaa, haaaa!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to 2Geezy:

its on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDchIb...

Love how the ref puts down the ball for the next play before the previous one is even finished. No standing around for this team.

LVFL90 writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

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I can't wait for another season of Florida coming up just short.......again and again and again........they don't have either the intelligence of Saban or the class of a truly elite program. Oh well. :-)

ReeseHallRelic writes:

The worst thing about reading Jeffy's piss-poor imitation of a Dawggie is that, by the time we get to play Georgia in two months, Jeffy will have already blown through another dozen or so names, getting picked off, one by one, by KNS. And he'll go back to pretending he's a Commode Door or a Mildcat by then....

Whatever your name and whatever your latest schtick, Jeffy, it's easy to see how your hatred of UT is predicated only on the (rightful) termination of your patron saint, St. Phil. How utterly inane to be carrying on a pointless grudge for five years. You'll be taking it to your grave, old man, because the parade has passed by you and Phil.

How disappointed must your brother Richmond (a fine Vol, BTW) be in you? Your dad championed civil rights in Alabama in the 1960s... and your "legacy" is smearing the Vols on a newspaper website? How terribly sad!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Rookie, no-name SEC coach, rookie WR's, rookie defensive coordinator, rookie SEC quarterback.

Jones should receive Coach of the Year if UT finishes 6-6. All signs point to awful!

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Rookie, no-name SEC coach, rookie WR's, rookie defensive coordinator, rookie SEC quarterback.

Jones should receive Coach of the Year if UT finishes 6-6. All signs point to awful!

Isn't everybody a rookie sometime in their career? But is your memory that short? Drop back to 2011 for a moment.

Will Muschump was a rookie, no-name SEC coach. The primary difference between Muschump and CBJ is that CBJ has been a head coach for the last six years; Muschump was never a head coach anywhere until Flaw-duh rolled the dice on him. And the jury's still out on that gamble.

Dan Quinn, in 2011, was the rookie defensive coordinator at Flaw-duh. He's already gone. (BTW, good luck with your new rookie defensive coordinator, Durkin Donuts, this year...)

But, the good news: the Gaturds did NOT have a rookie QB in 2011. The bad news: the QB was John Brantley.....

fbmf624#277664 writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

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Add to that Oct.5, 19 and 26; plus Nov. 2, 9 and 23, and there's the reality of the 4-8 that's coming. If Stoops and the Cats can find a wide receiver to insert at QB, you can make that 3-9.

And when was the last time Georgia won a national title

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