KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee gets back on the practice field this afternoon for practice 13 of 15, and Coach Butch Jones will look to make the most of it.
The Vols have had a staff makeover since they last took the field, particularly on offense where new offensive coordinator Larry Scott is directing the traffic.
The quarterback derby is sure to draw attention at Saturday’s Orange and White Game. Fans will have to see for themselves if they believe any of the candidates can lead Tennessee to a third-straight Top 25 season or fourth consecutive bowl victory.
Tennessee football Orange and White time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
Weather: Partly cloudy and 75, chance of rain
Admission & Parking: Free
Fan Appreciation Day: From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Gate 7 opens at 12:30 p.m. Autographs with Butch Jones and players, pictures with Smokey and Tennessee cheer and dance teams.
Tennessee football Orange and White TV channel
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
Four things to know:
• Tennessee’s quarterbacks have been going under center considerably more in practice that before, a sign that Butch 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.
• At long last, 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 likely be a true scrimmage because of the high number of injuries. Jones will likely provide a format that will enable the players to showcase their skills while also entertaining the tens of thousands of fans expected to turn out.