Vols maintain intensity level as practice moves indoors,Gordon pulled from practice

Knoxville ( GOVOLSXTRA/UT SPORTS), Freshman defensive back Eric Gordon did not practice with Tennessee’s football team Tuesday.

Coach Lane Kiffin said Gordon was “pulled off the field by the Clearinghouse.”

Gordon, from Nashville, joins freshman defensive tackle Marlon Walls and receiver James Green as UT freshmen who have not gotten the green light from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Unlike Walls and Green, Gordon had reported to camp and practiced with the team until this week.

A day after its first two-a-day session, Tennessee moved indoors for Tuesday afternoon’s practice.

The coaching staff held practice at Neyland-Thompson Sports Center so as to not tear up the wet outdoor practice field. It was a new setting for the Vols, but little changed from the normal practice routine as the offense and defense continued to make progress.

“We came inside today,” head coach Lane Kiffin said. “Not because we are afraid to play in the rain but because we value our field so much. We’ve been practicing on it so much and since we have (an indoor field) there was no point in tearing it up. It’s no different (practicing inside). It might not be as hot, but it’s the same thing.”

While the temperature was down at practice, Kiffin did say the competition at tight end between junior Luke Stocker and senior Jeff Cottam was heating up.

“We’ve really pushed Luke (Stocker) and Jeff (Cottam),” Kiffin said. “They are in a competition for that starting spot. Both of them are doing things extremely well. Yesterday they probably took 90 reps apiece when we looked at it on film. We just kept pushing them and pushing them. For us to be successful, they are going to need to play a ton. We’re going to need to make sure they are used to that now, and they’re responding to that extremely well.”

The practice lasted for about three hours and Kiffin said there was no hangover after Monday’s tough two-a-day. Kiffin noted the offense took care of the ball throughout the practice and singled out the play of senior offensive tackle Chris Scott as a highlight of the fall thus far.

“The guy who continues to play well -- he may be the most improved guy from spring -- is Chris Scott,” Kiffin said. “We’re very excited about what he’s doing.

“I thought we practiced pretty well today overall. They had good energy. I thought last night was the hardest thing -- to get them through the second practice. But they were OK after that today.”


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