KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Many on Tennessee’s roster will be making their public playing debut at Neyland Stadium in the Orange and White game, so fans can expect a charged up environment even if the plays are limited.
“I think it’s everything for the kids, they’ve taken these 14 practices and they wind it up really tight,” UT offensive coordinator Larry Scott said. “The stadium has people in it, and some of these young kids are excited about the opportunity to do that, because they haven’t done it yet.”
Scott will also be making his play-calling debut, although quarterbacks coach Mike Canales said Thursday that the Vols would not be revealing any of their new offense.
“There will be some emotions from the kids who haven’t played in there or who redshirted,” Scott said. “It’s a great way to finish of spring football.”
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.
The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network
The game will be available on WatchESPN/ SEC Network
The game will be broadcast on the Vol Network,
8 things to know:
• Defensive end Jonathan Kongbo has been one of the most impressive players in spring drills, but Kongbo will be one of the players held out for precautionary purposes after spraining his knee in the second scrimmage of the spring seassion
• Canales said Tennessee is open to a 2-quarterback system next season, but for now, he’s still focused on teaching the quarterbacks on how to be leaders and how to represent themselves as quarterbacks in the community.
• Receivers coach Kevin Beard coaches in practice each day wearing cleats, and makes it a point to demonstrate a great deal to his wideouts. There’s a chance Beard will be wearing cleats at the Orange and White Game, too.
• The Vols have yet to determine where freshman Trey Smith, the nation’s No. 1-ranked player in the 2017 signing class, will play on the offensive line. Smith has worked at offensive guard as well as offensive tackle.
• 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 Li
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