Oct. 5, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee is 4-2 in coin tosses this season after winning today's flip.
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS #20 Rajion Neal (Fayetteville), #41 Dontavis Sapp (Valdosta), #45 A.J. Johnson (Gainesville) and #70 Ja'Wuan James (Suwanee), all natives of the state of Georgia, represented the Vols for the pregame coin toss.
VFL LEGEND OF THE GAME Today's Vol For Life Legend of the Game is Leonard Little, who lettered at Tennessee from 1995 to 1997 and served as team captain in his final season.
Splitting time at linebacker and defensive end, Little earned a reputation for his hard hits and quarterback sacks.
Little was an All-American in 1997 and was named A.P. SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year after recording a team-leading 87 tackles and 8.5 sacks in helping the Vols win the 1997 SEC title.
SMOKEY GRAY DEBUT Today's game marks the first time the Vols have donned their new adidas Smokey Gray uniforms. They were first unveiled on Aug. 15 at UT's media day.
Tennessee last wore an alternate uniform on Oct. 31, 2009, when the Vols ran through the "T" in black jerseys vs. South Carolina and scored their last win over a ranked opponent (31-13).
This marks just the third time since the 1930s that a UT team has worn anything other than orange at home. The other occasion came in the 2004 season opener vs. UNLV, when the Vols wore throwback white jerseys in a 42-17 conquest of the Runnin' Rebels.
PALARDY HANDLING ALL OF THE CHORES Michael Palardy continues to handle all of Tennessee's punting and kicking chores.
Palardy got Tennessee on the scoreboard for the first time in the second quarter, drilling a 26-yard field goal.
The senior now is 5 of 6 on the season and 28 of 39 in his career.
On four punts in the first half, Palardy averaged 49.8 per kick and placed his ninth inside the 20.
He boomed a 65-yarder just before the half, the second longest of his career.
Palardy now has six punts of 50 yards or more.
Palardy registered one touchback on a kickoff in the first half.
DEFENSIVELY SPEAKING Tennessee held Georgia to its lowest first-half point total of the season (17).
The Bulldogs scored 21 first-half points vs. Clemson and North Texas, and they had 24 vs. South Carolina and LSU.
It's also the lowest scored by UGA in a first half since putting only seven on the board vs. Alabama in last year's SEC Championship game.
Brian Randolph, who had 12 tackles last week vs. South Alabama, led Tennessee with six in the first half vs. Georgia.
ODDS & ENDS Michael Palardy's second-quarter field goal extended Tennessee's streak of scoring in consecutive games to 236, dating back to Sept. 17, 1994. Georgia's Marshall Morgan kicked a 56-yard field goal in the first half to put the Bulldogs up, 3-0. It was the longest field goal ever kicked against Tennessee. The previous long was a 55-yarder by Auburn's Win Lyle in 1987. Morgan's field goal also was the longest in Neyland Stadium history. The old record of 55 yards was held by Lyle as well as by Fuad & Carlos Reveiz.