Tennessee's defensive backs owe fans attending the Orange and White Game an apology.
Neither quarterback, however, was able to do much against UT's secondary, even without departed star Eric Berry. The top duo at quarterback completed just 30 of 66 passes for 325 yards, three interceptions and two touchdowns.
Simms was responsible for all the interceptions, throwing one to safety Darren Myles Jr. just before halftime.
"I saw the quarterback looking at the receiver the whole time-that was his mistake," said Myles, who also batted down another pass. "I just made a play on the ball. At the safety position, Janzen (Jackson) and I just have a connection and we like to confuse the quarterback."
Jackson, who also defended a pass at strong safety, has played closer to the line of scrimmage this season as opposed to last year when he roamed deep as a free safety.
"Janzen is good at everything; that's part of the problem," head coach Derek Dooley said. "But he can't do everything."
Jackson has impressed Dooley so much with his athleticism that he even returned punts on Saturday, returning two for 43 yards.
"He's got ability back there," Dooley said. "He doesn't know how to hold the ball yet. That kind of worries me. He's not afraid. He's got the great returner mentality."
Said Jackson, "That is pretty new for me (in college). I did it in high school, so I might be getting a chance at it this season."
Jackson also showcased the type of play that UT fans are used to when he rocked kick returner David Oku in the first quarter.
Even more importantly, Jackson has shown Dooley none of the shortcomings that nearly derailed his career last year when he was charged with attempted armed robbery last fall - a charge that was later dropped.
"I've seen nothing but a great smile, a phenomenal attitude, a phenomenal work ethic," Dooley said. "We're working very hard to support him off the field. He's been great. He's been a real treat to coach. I hope he continues to do that and I expect him to."
Former Austin-East High star Anthony Anderson also intercepted a Simms pass that clinched the game for the White. Anderson defended two passes and registered seven tackles, which was second-best in the game.
Poole Time: Tailback Tauren Poole said a hard hit from cornerback Eric Gordon in the first quarter got rid of his early game jitters.
"That's the running back position," the junior said. "You're going to get hit. We take hits all the time."
Poole finished with 43 yards on 12 carries and three receptions for 58 yards.
"I felt like I've always had the hands," Poole said when asked about being a receiving threat. "I got the ball like that a lot in high school."
Poole made several defenders miss in the open field on Saturday.
"Tauren is a great player so he made me miss a few tackles on him," linebacker LaMarcus Thompson said. "He's a very good runner.
"He's probably one of the hardest guys I've ever had to tackle in my career. He has a low center of gravity. He's very powerful and fast and he can stop on a dime. Put all those together and you've got a great running back."
The Pope: Cody Pope likes his new home at center, where he started for the Orange after just being moved there from guard about a week ago.
"I feel like I'm getting more and more comfortable," the junior said. "It's kind of fun, honestly, playing center right now. I kind of like having control. I'm basically the second quarterback out there making the (line) calls."
Pope said he's comfortable with the basic offensive line calls, but knows there will be tougher challenges ahead.
"When we get into camp, heads will be spinning a little harder, but by that time I should have all my stuff down," he said.
Pope, who has played every position on UT's offensive line, tight end and defensive tackle, said he'd prefer to play center to guard.
Pope said his varied history at UT will help him play center.
"I think it's really helped me," he said. "I'm going to be a little more comfortable than other guys (at a new position)."
Young 'Uns: Former Ooltewah defensive end Jacques Smith was the only true freshman to win a spring award, nabbing the Big Lick Award, along with receiver Gerald Jones and cornerback Eric Gordon, given to the players who consistently displayed the most physical toughness. Smith enrolled at UT in January.
"These mid-year guys are incredibly mature," Dooley said. "Jacques played probably the most consistently of all those young cats. He's got a good physical presence. He has a great attitude, great character, just been impressed with his consistency over 15 practices. That's not an easy thing to do."
Dooley also commended two other mid-year enrollees, offensive lineman JaWuan James and defensive end Corey Miller, for their play this spring.
Dooley Noted: Looking back on spring practice, Dooley said he was pleased with the progress of UT's offensive line, defensive tackle Montori Hughes and UT safeties Jackson and Myles.
Dooley said he was still concerned about UT's depth on its offensive line. He also said he wishes UT's coaches could have adequately evaluated their players sooner to better suit their offensive and defensive approach.
"You shape (scheme) around your players," Dooley said. "We spent the first half of spring figuring out what we had."
Dooley said former Vol/New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis addressed the team before Saturday's game and spoke about team unity and togetherness.
"It just gives me chills to see those guys," Dooley said, referring to former Vols. "And I love them."
UT's fans saw plenty of its former stars. Al Wilson, Peerless Price and Fred White were some of the former Vols that participated in a flag football game during halftime.
Injury Report: The Vols finished a mostly injury-free spring camp with an Orange and White Game that resulted in just bumps and bruises. Dooley said it appears that center Victor Thomas only suffered a hyper-extended knee after being helped off the field.