Some extra catching practice during the week helped.
It didn't hurt that Savion Frazier added some sticky gloves to his equipment, either.
But perhaps more than anything, peer pressure and a desire to end the ceaseless hard time the Tennessee linebacker has been receiving ensured that if another pass came his way, Frazier wouldn't put it on the ground. So after dropping four interceptions in the second UT scrimmage a little over a week ago, the Vols' senior responded by hanging onto a Tyler Bray attempt on Saturday at Neyland Stadium - and for good measure returned it for a touchdown.
"About time I got me one," Frazier said. "Got one, took it to the crib, so I'm excited. Oh yeah, I'm just excited, man. I've been dropping them, so it was a lot of hard work after practice catching them balls paying off now.
"The guys have all been on me, so I had to make the play. I told them I was going to catch it when we got back in here, and I couldn't let them down."
Frazier had to get another chance first, and a struggling offense in the situational scrimmage delivered one for him to provide a highlight for a unit that had collectively had issues forcing turnovers so far in camp.
They came in bunches in the last meaningful game-like simulation until the season opener against UT Martin on Sept. 4. UT didn't release official statistics from the closed workout, but based on various accounts from players and coach Derek Dooley, the defense came up with five interceptions after only getting one takeaway through two scrimmages.
Obviously Frazier had his hands in both the low number coming into the weekend and the much higher one leaving it.
"Yeah, he caught one," Dooley said. "I guess our quarterbacks were thinking he can't catch, so if we're going to throw it to them, throw it to that guy. He proved them wrong today.
"I got on the defense because they weren't creating enough turnovers, so then they created them and now I'm in the tank because we gave them up. You know, it's like nothing's ever good enough. I don't know, they're feeling good about it on defense and they should be, because we're going to need to get some this year - but we can't spit them out. We're going to have to create turnovers, we're going to have to protect the ball and we're going to have to be good on special teams just to have a chance to win. That's where we are."
Those three principles are pretty much universal for coaches everywhere, though Dooley stressed them again as particularly important because of three other factors that apply specifically to the Vols - youth, inexperience and lack of depth.
Dooley repeatedly indicated that those weaknesses were exposed during the situational, end-of-game work on Saturday on both sides of the ball, though the offensive woes and four interceptions by Bray appeared to have him more frustrated than at any other point this fall.
"Our youth and inexperience was really exposed today, and we need a ton of work at this stuff," Dooley said. "We got affected a lot, we couldn't manage the offense as well as we need to, made some bad mistakes, so it was really a good indicator of where we were when it got to crunch time. Youth and inexperience just showed.
"The players that had experience were calm and played well, and the ones that didn't and are new, the freshmen, really struggled. We'll have to watch the film and correct it. It was a tough day."
Certainly it was for the offense, though the defense deserved some of the credit for that.
And Frazier made sure to play his part this time.
"We harp on turnovers every day, on trying to get our hands on the ball and today we were able to get our hands on some of them," Frazier said. "That's good, we love to see that. You want to get your hands on as many balls as possible."
Keeping them there had been the problem for Frazier, but he won't have to hear about that again for a while.