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8.22.14 Sports football
Hayley Pennesi • The Daily Beacon

Wide receiver Pig Howard runs agility drills at practice Thursday.

Notebook: Vols shifting focus to Utah State

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones' emphatic microphone dialogue was one giveaway.

The debut of the blue scout-team jerseys, used to emulate an opponent, was another.

Either way, both signs conveyed the same message at Thursday's practice. With the conclusion of fall training camp, attention has now firmly turned to the Volunteers' Aug. 31 season opener with Utah State.

"It's ten days away, and you've got the countdown clock in the meeting rooms everyday to get a reminder," said defensive line coach Steve Stripling after UT's first practice since Monday afternoon. "But I feel good that today ...