April 6, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Junior tailback Rajion Neal ran for 100 yards on 15 carries (6.7 ypc), while several of his runs were pivotal in setting up touchdowns during the Vols' first scrimmage of the spring at Neyland Stadium on Friday.
Nothing materialized, however, as the Vols' defense held tough in both situations and throughout the "first-half," including Brian Randolph's interception that ended the UT's first drive.
Bray threw for 142 yards and a touchdown on 13 completions, while Worley finished with 110 yards on 11 connections.
Back-to-back runs of six and nine yards by Neal set up Tennessee's first trip to the end zone on a four-play drive that the Vols started from the 20-yard line in a red zone situation. On the next play, Bray connected with senior tight end Mychal Rivera from five yards out. Randolph showed up again, blocking the extra point.
Tennessee's first-half defense otherwise was stout, including big plays from multiple Vols. All three of Steven Fowlkes' tackles were for loss, including a team-high pair of sacks. Jacques Smith was active with his hands, breaking up a pair of passes at the line of scrimmage, while Rod Wilks tied him for the team-lead.
Bray opened up the second-half, leading a 70-yard drive that cumulated in a 5-yard touchdown run from sophomore tailback Devrin Young, who was also impressive with eight carries for 60 yards (7.5 ypc) and a team-high 59 receiving yards on three catches.
Just after Neal's longest run of the day, a 23-yarder, Bray checked down to Young, who displayed his exceptional speed and shiftiness.
Causing the offensive sideline to erupt, Young juked one defender and received a big block from wide receiver Vincent Dallas on another to turn a short pass into a 35-yard gain, the longest Tennessee reception of the day. Young took it up the middle for his lone TD on the next play.
The Vols scored their final touchdown of the day on another red zone situation, led this time by Worley. Much like the Vols' first TD, Neal was critical in making it look easy. His 13-yard scamper to the 2-yard line set up a 1-yard score from sophomore tailback Marlin Lane.
In two-minute drills, both quarterbacks came out firing.
Starting from their own 25-yard line, Bray completed four consecutive passes - his longest streak of the day - to lead the Vols deep into the defense's territory, three of which were 11 yards or more.
Tennessee got inside the 5-yard line via a 16-yard completion to Rivera and an 11-yard run from Bray, but failed to score after Wilks had a breakup on fourth down.
Also starting on his own 25-yard line, Worley completed his first five passes of the drive, including a pair to Blanc.
His longest receptions in the hurry-up setting were to Carter (18 yards) and Cam Clear (16 yards), but the Vols' defense protected the end zone.
Tennessee will scrimmage once again next Saturday, April 14, leading up to the DISH Orange & White Game on April 21. Admission for the annual Tennessee spring game is free and kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.