Vince’s View: UT football observations and notes from practice 4

Vols LB Henry To’oto’o / Credit: 99.1 The Sports Animal

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Practice 4 for the University of Tennessee’s football team was held at Haslam Field Tuesday afternoon. The media was allowed to take-in a few early periods.

Below are some of my observations from practice 4 for UT in my blog, Vince’s View.

-The team practiced in shells for the first time this fall…helmets, shoulder pads and shorts

-We saw more contact drills in practice with the shoulder pads, which you can see in the Practice 4 Video Highlights HERE

-True freshman LB Henry To’oto’o was maybe my favorite player in UT’s 2019 signing class. He looked taller and thinner than I thought I expected him to be the first few days of practice. Today, being the closest I’ve been to him and getting good video of him, he looks more filled-out than it initially looked. He’s very well put together. I’ve seen him make a few freshman mistakes in practice, which is normal. But, I’m going to guess he won’t repeat mistakes and he’ll put in the work to get better. There is an opportunity to earn playing time. He’s working with the inside linebackers. The only certainty is Daniel Bituli starting in one of the two inside spots.

-I took a closer look at the secondary today. Here are the groups they worked with in our open periods.
Bryce Thompson
Alontae Taylor
Shawn Shamburger
Warren Burrell
Terrell Bailey
Kenneth George Jr.
Jerrod Means
Kenney Solomon
Baylen Buchanan (injured/limited/dnp)
*8 in this group worked with Jeremy Pruitt

Nigel Warrior
Trevon Flowers
Theo Jackson
Brandon Davis
Cheyenne Labruzza
Jaylen McCullough
Aaron Beasley
Tyus Fields
*8 in this group worked with Derrick Ansley

-Here are where offensive linemen worked in position drills during our viewing period (they could have moved to other positions during the closed portion of practice) and listed in no particular order.
Left Tackle
Jahmir Johnson
Wanya Morris
James Abercrombie (walk-on)

Left Guard
James Carvin
Riley Locklear
Trey Smith

Ryan Johnson
Brandon Kennedy

Right Guard
K’Rojhn Calbert
Nathan Niehaus
Chris Akporoghene

Right Tackle
Marcus Tatum
Darnell Wright

*Freshman center Jackson Lampley did not get any reps in the drills I saw. I did not see redshirt freshman OL Ollie Lane. However, I did not spend as much time on the offense today as I did the defense

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