KNOXVILLE -- It's become a daily staple of Tennessee's football practices.
Regardless of where he is at Haslam Field, first-year Volunteers coach Butch Jones will pick out No. 45 in orange and lob a verbal grenade intended for motivation at A.J. Johnson, his middle linebacker.
Four weeks ago Jones was calling Johnson an NFL practice-squad player who got to share the field with Western Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson, whom the coach dubbed a first-round draft pick.
Two weeks ago, Jones barked at Johnson that he'd be a walk-on at Florida.
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