KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Butch Jones sweats the details, and that’s why he insists on meeting with all of his players at the conclusion of spring drills.
More than that, each one is evaluated leading up to the annual Orange and White Game on Saturday, much like employees at most jobs.
The focus this spring, Jones said, has been on “DAT” — an acronym for Details, Accountability and Toughness.
“We’ll have exit interviews,” Jones said after Tuesday’s practice. “Every player in our program will be judged on those three criteria.
“Then, we have five levels of commitment, from being compelled to committed.”
Tennessee football Orange and White time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
Weather: Partly cloudy at 75 with a 50-percent chance of rain
Admission & Parking: Free
Fan Appreciation Day: Takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Neyland Stadium Gate 7 opens at 12:30 p.m. Autographs with Butch Jones and players, pictures with Smokey and the Tennessee cheer and dance teams.
Tennessee football Orange and White TV channel
The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network
Tennessee football Orange and White online info
The game will be available on WatchESPN/ SEC Network
Tennessee football Orange and White on radio
The game will be broadcast on the Vol Network,
Six things to know:
• The scoring system for the scrimmage portion is complicated and hard to follow. But don’t feel alone: defensive end Darrell Taylor says he doesn’t always know how it works, and the defense just focuses on making plays without looking at the scoreboard.
• Not everyone being held out of the game is injured, but precautions are being taken with players who have recently returned from post-surgery rehabilitation. Jones announced the return of many of them on Tuesday, allowing many of them to go through non-contact drill work with their respective position groups.
• Tennessee’s quarterbacks have been going under center considerably more in practice that before, a sign that Jones’ modified spread could have some wrinkles this season.
• The Vols have talked about going to more of a 4-3 alignment on defense — from a 4-2-5. The offensive alignments will obviously have much to do with that, but defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is determined to load up on the run.
• Tennessee fans will be able to view the Vols’ quarterback derby for themselves. Junior Quinten Dormady is believed to have a slight edge over redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano. Redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones has also had a strong spring, and true freshman Will McBride will showcase his skills.
• The game will not be a true scrimmage because of the high number of injuries. Jones will allow limited scrimmage action along with quarterback competitions and one on one drills including the “Circle of Life.”