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Tennessee Spring Ball: Practice #6

by Dan Harralson
Mar 26, 2014 12:52 AM EDT



Spring break is over and the Vols are back on the practice field.

Practice number six took place Tuesday inside the indoor practice facility - and the practice defined where the Vols currently stand.

Right now Team 118 is physical, but are still young. New O and D lines, new receivers and a new presence for the ground game provide the current state. On top of the new pieces to the puzzle comes along with the same quarterback race. Right now, there is not a leading candidate for the starting QB spot. "I sat in all the QB meetings today," Jones said. "I liked their note taking. I checked their notes."

Not knowing who your quarterback will be is not bad, it could easily mean that there are two QB's that are capable of starting in the SEC. Young talent will surround the QB's, but talent alone will not win games this fall. "We're not going to win games on talent alone," Jones said. "We're not there yet. We have to win with our style of play."

Installing Jones' offense is still in process and crucial as the 2014 season approaches. "We're still installing," Jones said. "We had a heavy install day today."

There are eight practices left and the spring game - and then Team 118 will have to wait until fall camp to continue practicing their offensive schemes. These last practices are crucial in providing stability throughout starting roles and can allow fall camp to be less time spent in figuring where the team is at.

Vols Lose A Hall-of-FamerHank Lauricella, a Louisiana native who was deemed "Mr. Everything" as a back in Gen. Robert Neyland’s single-wing offense and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1951, died Tuesday at his home. Lauricella was 83 and was part of Tennessee's 1950 and 1951 national championship teams and inducted into college football's hall-of-fame.



Practice Schedule ChangeThe Vols practiced Tuesday, which was originally an off day, and Sunday is now a day off. Ironically enough if Tennessee beats Michigan Friday in the Sweet Sixteen, then Coach Jones will be able to stay in Indy as UT will still be dancing against the Kentucky/Louisville winner.

Here is the revised practice schedule:

Friday, March 7 4:20 PM
Saturday, March 8 10:45 AM
Tuesday, March 11 4:20 PM
Thursday, March 13 4:20 PM
Friday, March 14 4:20 PM
Tuesday, March 25 4:20 PM
Thursday, March 27 4:20 PM
Saturday, March 29 10:45 AM
Tuesday, April 1 4:20 PM
Thursday, April 3 4:20 PM
Saturday, April 5 10:45 AM
Monday, April 7 4:20 PM
Wednesday, April 9 4:20 PM
Thursday, April 10 4:20 PM
Saturday, April 12 *3:00 PM
*-DISH Orange and White Game, Neyland Stadium