KNOXVILLE – A few notes and observations from Tennessee’s spring practice session on Thursday afternoon:
.Out: WR Ryan Jenkins, DT Trevarris Saulsberry, TE Brendan Downs, TE A.J. Branisel, S Brian Randolph, WR Drae Bowles, DT Jason Carr
. Limited: RB Marlin Lane, TE Woody Quinn
. There were a few depth chart moves on Thursday. Walk-on Jacob Gilliam was getting work as the first-team left tackle in front of Dontavius Blair. Blair, a junior college transfer, has been the favorite to fill that role. And while the competition is clearly open at that spot, it’s also possible that coach Butch Jones is trying to light a fire under Blair to remind him that he’ll have to earn it. Wide receiver Josh Malone was also working with the first team along with Marquez North and Von Pearson. Jason Croom, who had previously been working with the starters, worked on the second unit along with Cody Blanc and Johnathon Johnson. Daniel Helm was working as the first tight end. Both he and Ethan Wolf have worked with the starters this spring.