The specific details hardly seemed to matter, and Tyler Bray didn't seem eager to relive the memory.
Even before the question was finished about his final spring outing a year ago, the Tennessee quarterback was muttering about the statistical disaster.
"It was horrible," Bray said barely louder than a whisper.
That assessment was difficult to argue after he struggled mightily with his accuracy and decision-making in his sophomore appearance in the Orange and White Game. But citing everything from improved maturity to the continuity with the first-team offense remaining intact for his third outing in the annual exhibition, the Vols starter is certainly expecting to deliver something a bit more memorable at Neyland Stadium today. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. The game can be seen on foxsportstennessee.com and watchespn.com.
"Just wasn't mature last year, didn't take it for what it's worth," Bray said after practice on Thursday. "This year I kind of realize what it actually means, and I'm just trying to get better.
"I mean, we just have to take it for what it is. It's another practice, a chance to show the fans what you've been working for all spring."
The Vols may not have taken the game quite so seriously over the last two years, and particularly at quarterback the combination of a low-pressure situation and rosters mixed up through a draft helped produce some ugly numbers, with Bray finishing 5-of-30 for 122 yards.
But coach Derek Dooley has addressed both of those factors for his third Orange and White Game, treating the last workout of spring like he would a scrimmage and pitting his starters on both sides of the ball against each other for a "good-on-good" competition.
That should give the Vols a better showcase for their progress, with Bray at the top of a list of five players the News Sentinel will be watching closely as camp closes.
No. 2: Herman Lathers
The senior linebacker hasn't done any live work in front of a crowd or the media since the Music City Bowl after the 2010 season.
Lathers has been impressing coaches with his work ethic and recovery as he returns from a fractured ankle and a shoulder surgery, and he's been productive in two scrimmages so far this spring. At full strength, he could provide a major boost on defense.
No. 3: Rajion Neal
In the backfield on a full-time basis again, the junior got the nod to work with the first-team offense to finish camp.
If he can protect the ball while still showing the type of burst that can produce yardage in big chunks, Neal might be tough to displace in the starting lineup. Plenty of people will be watching closely to make sure he keeps a tight grip on the ball.
No. 4: Brian Randolph
A sophomore, the safety is already demonstrating leadership in the secondary and developing into an indispensable weapon defensively.
Randolph had interceptions in both scrimmages this spring, and a hat trick would provide even more momentum for him rolling into the offseason.
It might start generating more buzz for a player that perhaps gets a bit less attention than classmates A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt on his side of the ball.
No. 5: Antonio Richardson
The Vols have raved about the work of the sophomore at left tackle, with his development prompting the team to move a two-year starter at the position to guard.
That has been a bonus for the offensive line, which boasts more flexibility and depth if Richardson continues to hold down that spot.
And it also gives the Vols much more size given his enormous stature and power.