Safety Brent Brewer is now a linebacker, running back Devrin Young has moved to slot receiver and new freshman linebacker Corey Vereen has moved to defensive end.
First-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced the moves today, one day before the Vols open the first spring practice of his tenure.
Brewer will compete for a job alongside Curt Maggitt and A.J. Johnson. Young, a junior from Knoxville, was the third-string running back last year. Vereen was the only linebacker in Tennessee’s 2013 signing class.
Maggitt is one of two players who will miss this spring, along with freshman Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Jones said both players would take “mental reps.” Offensive lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson would be limited and only practice a “little bit” this spring, Jones said.
What will practices under Jones be like?
Every session and every drill, he said, will have a winner and loser. The team will meet at the 50-yard line after every practice, driving home the game-like atmosphere while emphasizing team unity. To test players mentally, annoying noises -- like glass breaking or a baby crying -- might be played on the loudspeaker randomly.
For a comprehensive rundown on today’s press conference, including comments from new assistant coach Robert Gillespie, check out the live blog.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.