KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Neyland Stadium scoreboard reflected the White team had scored a 21-17 victory Monday.
But who was White and who was Orange? And was that score from Monday morning or Saturday’s scrimmage?
For that matter, who were the fans that were allowed in to watch what was termed a “closed practice” to the media?
Coach Butch Jones continued to keep the No. 10-ranked Vols largely behind a Big Orange Wall, but he did share some details from Saturday’s scrimmage.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” Jones said. “We did a great job offensively of taking care of the football. We did not turn the football over.
“We did give up a safety, but we did not turn the ball over.”
Jones said the flip side was that he was disappointed the defense did not get any takeaways, which was one of the areas first-year defensive coordinator Bob Shoop hoped to improve upon.
One of the team mottos has been to “hunt the ball.”
Jones also revealed that Shoop’s defense had trouble lining up.
“We gave up some big plays on defense, and defensive football starts with the alignments, setting the fronts the right way,” Jones said. “We had some youngsters not set the fronts the right way, and obviously your gaps are exposed and here comes a big play.”
Jones was asked about settling on an offensive line, and he said he has not set a timetable for that.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee football for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s SEC Country and is based in Knoxville.