Tennessee

KNOXVILLE — It was around this time last year that the door through which Dimarya Mixon was hoping to go slammed shut, leaving him to evaluate his options.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee may be less than 10 days away from its football season opener, but the Volunteers continue to wait for things to shake out in their secondary.

KNOXVILLE — Preparing for a game should be easier this season for Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's summer workout program included one late-night running session at Neyland Stadium in June and workout that featured strobe lights, dance music and a donut-eating contest in July.

KNOXVILLE — Most of the coaches on Tennessee's football staff enter this season feeling better about the personnel at their disposal than at this time a year ago.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's new-look offensive line will include one true freshman in the season opener against Utah State 12 days from now.

KNOXVILLE — There seems to be no shortage of motivation for the position group that's widely considered Tennessee's biggest question mark entering the 2014 football season.

Notes and observations from Tennessee's practice on Monday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — As Tennessee's menacing middle linebacker, A.J. Johnson already generates a fairly imposing shadow.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's open practice Saturday night at Neyland Stadium in front of an estimated, early-arriving crowd of 40,000 provided a glimpse into the Volunteers two weeks before their season opener.

KNOXVILLE — Von Pearson took his official recruiting visit to Tennessee last year for the Volunteers' upset win against South Carolina.

KNOXVILLE — Josh Malone is going to be OK.

KNOXVILLE — A fifth Tennessee freshman had his black helmet stripe removed on Friday morning, but it wasn't one of the obvious ones.

KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley will never know what might have been.

KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones switched up Tennessee's midweek training camp schedule, swapping a day-night two-a-day set of practice for a closed scrimmage under the lights of Neyland Stadium.

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