Apr 12, 2014; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones runs onto the field during the orange and white spring game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Vols Explode on Offense in Orange & White Game

Today’s Orange & White spring game marked the end of spring practice for the Tennessee Volunteer football team. This was the first taste of a large crowd for the 14 early enrollees, as there were 68, 548 announced in attendance.  The second largest attendance ever for the Orange & White game saw an offensive explosion, as the White team (offense) put up 762 total yards against the Orange team (defense).

The standouts for today’s scrimmage were Sophomore QB Joshua Dobbs and Freshman WR Josh Malone.  Coincidentally, Dobbs and Malone hooked up twice for long TDs.  Once for 49 yards and again for 79 yards.  Dobbs finished 6-9 passing for 199 yards and 3 TDs.  He also improvised on a broken play, as he dropped the snap, picked it up, and ran 59 yards for another TD.

Malone showed off his speed and burst with 6 catches for 181 yards and 3 TDs.  The two long TDs from Dobbs were on long routes where he torched his defender.  Marquez North also had a long 50 yard TD catch from Justin Worley.  North finished with 5 catches for 106 yards and 1 TD.

Newcomer Jalen Hurd had a solid day in the backfield.  On the second drive of the game, Hurd leaked out of the backfield and caught a pass from Nathan Peterman and went 27 yards down to the 24.  He capped off the drive with a 4 yard plunge for a TD.  He finished with 11 carries for 66 yards and a TD to go along with 1 catch for 27 yards.

Below are highlights from each drive:

1st Half:

1st series (Worley): 31 yard pass to North on 3rd down.  Bullock 41 yard FG.  Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards.

2nd series (Peterman):  27 yard pass to Hurd.  Hurd 4 yard TD run.  Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards

3rd Series (Ferguson): 3 and out.  Darr 36 yard punt.  Drive: 3 plays, 3 yards

4th Series (Dobbs): 25 yard pass to Malone.  49 yard TD pass to Malone. Drive: 4 plays, 73 yards

5th Series (Ferguson): 3 and out.  Darr 53 yard punt.  Drive 3 plays, -1 yard.

6th Series (Dobbs): Dobbs dropped snap and 59 yard TD run. Drive: 5 plays, 89 yards.

7th Series (Worley): Failed 4th down conversion.  Drive: 5 plays, 22 yards.

8th Series (Peterman): 4th down completion to Wolf for 15 yards.  Hurd 14 yard run.  Malone 6 yard TD.  Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards.

9th Series (Ferguson): Sacked by Swafford, fumble, and recovered by O’Brien.  Drive: 2 plays, -4 yards.

10th Series (Dobbs): 16 yard TD to Pickett.  Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards.

11th Series (Worley): 50 yard TD pass to North.  Drive: 9 plays, 93 yards.

12th Series (Ferguson): 18 yard pass to Smith.  Ended 1st half.  Drive: 6 plays, 27 yards.

Second Half:

1st Series (Worley): Malone 14 yard catch.  Worley 49 yard run to the 1.  1 yard TD run for Lane.  Drive: 5 plays, 7o yards

2nd Series (Peterman): Peterman sacked on 3rd down.  Darr 44 yard punt.  Drive: 6 plays, 20 yards

3rd Series (Ferguson): 15 yard facemask. 22 yard pass to Ellis.    19 yard TD pass to Blanc. Drive: 7 plays, 88 yards

4th Series (Dobbs): Dobbs to Malone 79 yard TD.  Drive: 3 plays, 77 yards.

5th Series (Worley): Pickett carries for 14.  Darr 50 yard punt.  Drive: 7 plays, 31 yards.

6th Series (Peterman): 3 and out.  Darr 34 yard punt.  Drive: 3 plays, 3 yards.

7th Series (Ferguson): Intercepted by Foreman.  Drive: 2 plays, -4 yards.

8th Series (Dobbs): End of Game.  Drive: 1 play, -3 yards

Final Score: White 129 – Orange 100




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