Joshua Dobbs, Alvin Kamara and Derek Barnett are all in the National Football League, but this new version of Tennessee -"Team 121" as Butch Jones likes to refer to them - shares their heart. I thought he played tremendously, and I knew he was going to be the starter for about two and a half or three weeks.
First, it was a blowout for Georgia Tech, and then the game was tied out of nowhere at the end of regulation. They couldn't stop Tech, but the offense never took the lead until a John Kelly led drive drew the teams even at 28-28.
Despite these shortcomings, we still saw plenty of positives for the Yellow Jackets on Monday night. Players from both teams wore helmet stickers of The Dodd Trophy and members of the Dodd family were recognized on the field during the second quarter of the game. We'll begin to get answers to those questions tonight. Our tackle reaches out and tries to reach the 5, and then the guard turned up into him, and there was nobody, the quarterback had to turn up, and there was nobody on the linebacker, and then he pitched it late, but he had to kind of throw it out there. "That should have been a walk-in, and we screwed that up, so we didn't deserve to win".
"The first half obviously offensively I do not think we played to our standard and expectations", Jones said. "The pressure is not really as heavy as you'd think". The 249 yards set a program record for the most by a quarterback, and the five touchdowns marked a program record for the most touchdowns in a game. Jacksonville State was up just 10-6 at halftime but pulled away in the third quarter.
Much like a year ago, Tennessee will need to play much better defense as the season moves along or it will be in big trouble, and the offense has to find a rhythm with Dormady or redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano, who did not play in the opener. "They may compete all the way through pregame warmups". They overran us and it might have been a little selfish of me. This wasn't exactly that Paul Johnson.
"As much as Marquez Callaway sparked us, John Kelly sparked us as well", Jones said.
Quarterback Questions. Both Georgia Tech and Tennessee enter this game with significant questions at QB. It is imperative that the Vols stay in their gaps and don't bite on the option fakes that allow the run-oriented scheme to break long plays.
How in the heck did the Yellow Jackets lose Monday night to Tennessee? Unlike last season, though, the Vols had to come from behind to do it. Tennessee has its own worries. The offensive line started making holes and Kelly took advantage, rushing for 93 yards and three touchdowns between the second half and overtime.
To celebrate Dodd and his ties to Tennessee and Georgia Tech, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featured field logos and signage of The Dodd Trophy throughout Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It's Tennessee's fourth punt in four drives.
Key play: After Abernathy recovered a J.J. Green fumble at the Tennessee 7, the Vols went to work on the tying drive.
Benson, a sophomore from Marietta, Georgia, rushed 24 times for 124 yards and a 1-yard touchdown. Last season, Jennings had 40 catches for 580 yards and seven touchdowns.