KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – One of Tennessee’s most anticipated football teams in recent memory takes the field on Saturday for the Orange and White Game in Neyland Stadium. Stay here for frequent updates on the Vols.
The game won’t be a traditional game, but will instead feature a unique scoring system to determine the winner. Here is how the game will be scored:
Plays of more or less than four yards: 1 point
Big Play (TFL, Sack, +16 yards): 3 points
Defensive Turnover: 7 points
One-on-One Situations: 1 point
A quarterback competition, kicker competition and punter competition is also planned to take place during the event. Tennessee coach Butch Jones has also said their will be a special announcement during halftime.
Vols began with Circle of Life Drill, which is a one-on-one blocking drill:
Reserve offensive lineman Venzell Boulware held his own against defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie
Eli Wolf got the best out of older brother Ethan Wolf after a long battle between the two tight ends.
Now, to the 11-on-11:
Todd Kelly Jr. intercepted a pass after it went off of tight end Jason Croom’s chest. The pass was accurate by quarterback Josh Dobbs.
Dobbs completed a 57-yard pass to Wolf, in which he ran for approximately 25 yards after the catch.
Dobbs completed a 22-yard pass to receiver Preston Williams. Running back John Kelly finished the drive with 4-yard touchdown run.
Quinten Dormady completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to junior college transfer Jeff George.
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Running back Alvin Kamara attempted a pass. It was overthrown to receiver Jason Croom.
Defensive end Darrell Taylor went down with what appeared to be a left leg injury. He was able to put weight on it as he was helped off the field.
Former Tennessee All-American linebacker Al Wilson addressed the crowd to a round of applause. Several former Tennessee players have made a tradition of returning to Knoxville for the weekend for the spring game and a regular season game.
In the receiver versus defensive backs drill, receiver Preston Williams dropped a catchable pass from Dobbs while being covered by cornerback Cameron Sutton. Receiver Jeff George caught a touchdown pass over freshman Marquill Osborne.
When the Vols returned to 11-on-11, tailback John Kelly dropped on screen pass that could have been a big gain. However, he’s been running strong to that point.
Croom had a nice catch from Dobbs that was behind him for 20 yards over the middle.
Running back Jalen Hurd had a slashing, 7-yard run that could have gone for more. The referees blew the whistle quickly so Hurd wasn’t tackled to the ground. However, he showed impressive moves before the play was blown dead.
The quarterback challenge consisted of hitting various targets, including the crossbar on the goalpost. Zac Jancek and Quinten Dormady earned four points. Dobbs scored six points. Then, the quarterbacks replicated former quarterback Peyton Manning’s failed sneak, in which he rolled out and completed a touchdown pass to Marcus Nash against Georgia in 1996. Jancek and Dormady hit a cardboard cutout of Nash. Dobbs did not. However, it’s unclear who actually won the competition as no announcement was made.
There were several announcements at halftime. Williams was selected for the Harvey Robinson Award, which goes to most improved offensive player in spring camp. Defensive tackle Danny O’Brien won the Andy Spiva Award for most improved defensive player. The Peyton Manning Leadership Award went to Dobbs and Kamara. The Al Wilson Leadership Award went to Sutton and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Sutton and Croom won the John Stucky Award for best mental and physical conditioning.
The announced attendance was 67,027. That’s the third highest in school history. Four of the five most attended spring games have occurred during Jones’ tenure.