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Vols End Spring With Final Scrimmage

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Tennessee football went through its final spring scrimmage, tallying multiple offensive touchdowns and a defensive safety in wet conditions on Thursday morning at Haslam Field.

“I thought there was some back-and-forth offense, defense and great way to finish spring off as far as our last scrimmage,” head coach Josh Heupel said. “Our kids are excited about what’s transpired here over the first 14 days and are excited for a little bit of a break here with Easter weekend too. Some of those guys will get a chance to go home.

“You need some days that are going to look like October and November. I think the opportunities that we’ve had with adverse elements have been perfect. It’s been a great spring here. We’ve been outside every day.”

Heupel continued to praise the development of junior wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, who caught another touchdown on Thursday.

“You felt that way because of the offseason that he had, the gains that he made in strength and conditioning program, like it showed in his confidence and it showed up right away with just a physical presence about him on the field. As he has gone through spring ball, you’ve seen him continue to gain confidence, and I like the momentum that he’s created here.”

Despite multiple injuries to the secondary, the Volunteers will boast one of the most veteran safety tandems in the SEC. Seniors Trevon Flowers and Jaylen McCollough have combined to play 71 games with 52 starts. Both have displayed their leadership traits this spring.

“They’ve grown during the offseason, and that was a point of emphasis and what we did every week in the lead up to spring ball,” Heupel said. “You can see and sense and feel their energy out on the practice field every day. They have grown into becoming really strong leaders for us.”

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