Tennessee has scheduled an open practice on Saturday as coach Josh Heupel continues to roll out his vision for the program and install the playbook for how the Volunteers will proceed this season.

The coach told reporters on Thursday that he is looking forward to the practice. The Vols have ramped up workouts, including today’s, which Heupel said was “full throttle” for 85 percent, including some thudding at the end.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” he said, per Kellyanne Stitts. “Our guys have worked extremely hard. Gives us an opportunity to showcase who and what we are at this point and forecasting who we’re going to be once we get to the fall.”

He added that it gives people a chance to see the Vols and for the team to give a hint of what they’re going to be this fall.

Heupel added that the spring has been about “getting rid of a lot of habits that aren’t going to help us win.”

About the quarterback competition, Heupel said all three QBs did a good job of managing the game, and they all took care of the football and are picking things up.

“It’s a competitive group that’s approached the meeting room and practice field the right way,” he said.

Other notes from the press conference:

  • Heupel said they had 6 guys repping at punt returning and kick returning.
  • About the latest with Aaron Beasley after he was suspended for allegedly abusing a kitten. “As soon as we found out the information, we suspended him.” He added that once all the information and facts are gathered, they’ll make a final decision.

H/T Ben McKee, GoVols247.

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