Tennessee football Smokey points: Top 5 Vols who performed vs. Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: John Kelly /
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Photo by Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images
Photo by Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images /

Okay, now we’re to the guys who helped Tennessee football match Georgia Tech blow for blow late. And it starts with the new quarterback that fans wanted to bench at halftime.

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  • Quinten Dormady had a rocky beginning in his first start with the Vols, going 8-for-20 in the first half. Then, with the Vols down 21-7 late in the third quarter and Jauan Jennings out with an injury, it became a question of how they could just finish the game.

    That’s when Dormady came alive.

    The junior was deadly accurate after the first half going 12-of-17 and finishing the game with 221 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

    Given the way Georgia Tech limits possessions, those are very impressive numbers for a first-time starter. Remember, Dormady was facing an elite secondary and did not have his top receiver.

    He found another guy, who will get to in a minute.

    And he also threw some beautiful passes. Obviously more of a pocket-passer than Joshua Dobbs, Quinten Dormady had a beautiful fade pass for a touchdown.

    But the big story was what he did late in regulation. The Vols were down by a touchdown and needed a 95-yard drive to tie the game. Dormady converted a crucial third town early and made a beautiful pass into double-coverage that was completed to set up the game-tying touchdown.

    He was clutch, patient and a great leader. And this was against a very elite Georgia Tech secondary. So yes, he deserves a ton of credit for his play.

    And in his first start, he finished strong.