The pads are on. Tennessee’s preseason camp is firmly underway. Here are five things you may have missed from the weekend’s trio of practices:
1. Marquez North
Freshman Marquez North is living up to the hype. The former four-star receiver prospect from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek has wowed coaches, teammates and onlookers alike.
“In three very short practices, and in a very small time, (Marquez) has proven he is going to be one of our play makers,” head coach Butch Jones said. “He is dynamic. He is strong. He is physical. He can run and we need him offensively. What you see is when your players bring him up, it is a level of respect right now that they have for him. He is extremely intelligent; he knows every single receiver position on the field already. We are very excited about him.”
North has also impressed some of his teammates that are trying to stop him.
“He’s a big receiver with a lot of speed, so I’m pretty impressed with him,” senior linebacker Brent Brewer said, “He’s doing big things out there.”
Said tight end Alex Ellis, “Marquez has done really, really well…We watched the one-on-ones with the wide receivers the last two days and he did really well. He kind of stuck out a lot.”
North’s physique separates him from most freshmen. He’s 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. However, there’s much more to his game than just speed and size.
“Physically, he’s what you’re looking for,” receivers coach Zach Azzanni said. “He’s a big receiver that can run. The great thing about Marquez is he doesn’t say a word. He just says ‘Yes sir, no sir’ and goes as hard as he possible can. He definitely has a chance to be really good here.”