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61,076 Watch Orange Top White, 95-71

April 20, 2013

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ALL FOR ONE

In the four short months since being hired as head football coach at the University of Tennessee, Butch Jones has been steadfast in spreading his vision of "One Tennessee."

"Tennessee is everyone--it's our fan base, our players, our administration, our coaches, our students, and everyone wearing the Power T," Jones proclaimed. "People are your most valuable resource, and when you get everyone working together towards a common goal, it's incredibly powerful."

Jones' plan for collective efforts within every aspect of the Vols' program was put into action on Saturday at Tennessee's annual Orange and White Spring Game.

"I would truly like to thank all of our great supporters. Having 61,000-plus fans in attendance today is what makes this the best place in all of college football," said Jones. "The message is loud and clear: There is no other place in the country like Tennessee."

In front of a crowd of 61,076 Big Orange supporters, including an estimated 500 former Vol Football players in attendance, Jones' aspiration for accord moved closer to fruition.

"The Orange and White Game is special because it gives us an opportunity to connect with the current team and reconnect with Vols of the past," said VFL Joey Kent. "We had a great weekend, and today we capped it off with great weather, an awesome environment and a good game."

With Jones manning the sidelines at Neyland Stadium, UT's all-time leading receiver is confident that Tennessee will return to the level of national prominence that was reached during his time wearing the Orange and White.

"I really believe in what Coach Jones is doing. He's embraced the tradition and the former players, and has made a point of recruiting the state heavily," said Kent. "This is a special place, with special tradition and special people, and I have no doubt that he is going to get UT back to where it has been."

"Tennessee fans are hungry to win, now. There's no doubt that getting back to where we have been in the past is going to be a process, but I believe that we are taking the proper steps towards our goals. There's only one Tennessee, and we are building it back one brick at a time."here."

-- By Adam K. Moussa

KNOXVILLE -- For Butch Jones' inaugural DISH Orange & White game, Pro-Bowler Arian Foster, among 500 other former players, made his return to Rocky Top.

He's always been a VFL, but left the game with a new title: Disc Jockey.

DJ Foster was on the sidelines for the Orange's 95-71 defeat of the White team, working the turntable, bobbing his head and scratching records in between plays before the second-largest O&W game crowd ever of 61,076.

It was truly a great day to be a Vol, as an astounding 25,000 people took part in Fan Appreciation Day before the game, getting autographs from Coach Jones and the Vol players.

During the heat of the game, young VFL's and Duck Dynasty star and Vol fan Justin Martin got to pick a couple plays for the White Team. Martin had the lone successful play of the bunch, a 19-yard screen pass to Alden Hill.

The game featured an intriguingly high score, the highest of any Orange & White game in years past, because of the scoring system. The score bested the previous high of 110 combined points, a 60-50 win for the Orange in 2005.

Touchdowns, as usual were worth six points for White team (offense), but additional points were scored by +15 yard rushing plays and +20 yard passing plays.

For the Orange team (defense) touchdowns were worth 12 points, while turnovers counted for six points, and sacks, TFL's and pass break ups counted for one point each.

The Orange Team took an early lead in the game, fueled by four sacks by freshman Corey Vereen and an interception by Brian Randolph.

Late in the second quarter, the White Team responded with back-to-back scoring drives. Justin Worley hit Cody Blanc for a 58-yard touchdown pass and then Michael Palardy ended the half with a 52-yard FG that doinked the crossbar and bounced over for three points.

The White team carried the momentum over into the second half, as Nathan Peterman hit Vincent Dallas with a 48-yard pass. However, it failed to convert on the drive as Patrick Toole missed a 36-yard FG attempt.

Early in the fourth period, Peterman hit Alden Hill with Martin's called 19-yard screen pass, then completed a pass to Drae Bowles for a 15-yard gain. The White Team capped off the 11 play, 60-yard scoring drive with a Palardy 36-yard field goal.

The Orange Team took the lead for the final time with a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown by walk-on Max Arnold that put 19 points on the board and gave the Orange the victory.

Hill, who's been praised all spring for his performance, did his best Arian Foster impression and stole the show for the White team. He led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 101 yards, averaging over 5 yards per carry.

Byron Moore and Daniel McCullers led the Orange Team with six tackles each.

Jordan Williams had two sacks, while Corey Vereen finished with 5 tackles and the four first-half sacks.

Quarterback Justin Worley completed 8-18 passes for 123 yards with one touchdown and one interception while Peterman went 9-23 with 98 yards with no touchdown or interceptions.

Cody Blanc had two catches for 59 yard and one touchdown and Rajion Neal finished the game with 11 carries for 34 yards.

Palardy converted all three of his FG attempts and averaged nearly 43 yards on punts.

SPRING TEAM AWARDS
Harvey Robinson Award: Mack Crowder
Andy Spiva Award: Dontavis Sapp
John Stucky Iron Vol Award: Alden Hill, Alex Ellis, Max Arnold

 

 

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