Marlin Lane scores twice in Orange and White Game

Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane runs the ball during the Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium Saturday, April 21, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, copyright © 2012

Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane runs the ball during the Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium Saturday, April 21, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Marlin Lane rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Orange team to a 17-14 victory in the DISH Orange and White Game on Saturday afternoon in Neyland Stadium.

The game began with scoring drives on the first two possessions.

Lane gave the Orange team a 7-0 lead with a 19-yard run on the opening drive of the game, which went 56 yards in six plays.

The White team, made up of the first-team offense and second-team defense, responded with a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive of its own. Quarterback Tyler Bray connected on a 51-yard pass to Da'Rick Rogers down to the Orange 3-yard line.

Rogers very nearly scored, but cornerback Justin Coleman tripped him up just shy of the end zone.

Rajion Neal, who returned to running back this spring after spending time as a receiver last season, scored two plays later.

The teams appeared to be headed for a 7-7 tie at halftime, but Lane broke free on a draw play at the end of the half for a 39-yard touchdown run and a seven-point lead for the Orange team, which featured the Vols' first-team defense and second-team offense.

The White scored on its only third-quarter possession (quarters were shortened to 10 minutes for the second half), thanks to a methodical 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive capped by a 1-yard pass from Bray to tight end Mychal Rivera.

Bray, who struggled in last year's Orange and White Game, was solid on Saturday, completing 14 of his 26 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.

The Orange team put together one last scoring drive, this one lasting more than 5 minutes, that ended with Derrick Brodus' 37-yard field goal with 9:04 left in the game.

The White team couldn't answer on either of its last two possessions in the fourth quarter. As a result, members of the White team will eat hot dogs with chips and water with no ice during a team meal Sunday. Members of the Orange team will eat steak.

Saturday's scrimmage marks the end of the Vols' third spring practice under Dooley.

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score

White 7 0 7 0 14 Record:

Orange 7 7 0 3 17 Record:

Scoring Summary:

1st 07:51 ORANGE Lane, M. 19 yd run (Brodus, D. kick), 6-56 2:09, WHITE 0 - ORANGE 7

05:34 WHITE Neal, R. 2 yd run (Palardy, M. kick), 5-75 2:10, WHITE 7 - ORANGE 7

2nd 00:00 ORANGE Lane, M. 39 yd run (Brodus, D. kick), 7-80 1:20, WHITE 7 - ORANGE 14

3rd 04:07 WHITE Rivera, M. 1 yd pass from Bray, T. (Palardy, M. kick), 11-70 5:46, WHITE 14 - ORANGE 14

4th 09:04 ORANGE Brodus, D. 37 yd field goal, 12-49 4:55, WHITE 14 - ORANGE 17

WHITE ORANGE

FIRST DOWNS 13 19

RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 19-83 26-168

PASSING YDS (NET) 157 168

Passes Att-Comp-Int 26-14-0 28-19-1

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 45-240 54-336

Fumble Returns-Yards 1-4 0-0

Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 1--5

Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-70 3-93

Interception Returns-Yards 1-25 0-0

Punts (Number-Avg) 2-35.0 1-37.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 1-10 1-15

Possession Time 18:05 21:55

Third-Down Conversions 4 of 10 7 of 11

Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 2 1 of 1

Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-3 2-3

Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-5 1-5

RUSHING: White-Neal, R. 10-49; Young, D. 8-39; Bray, T. 1-minus 5.

Orange-Lane, M. 9-106; Smith, T. 10-49; Summerhill, D. 5-19; TEAM 1-minus 1;

Worley, J. 1-minus 5.

PASSING: White-Bray, T. 14-26-0-157. Orange-Worley, J. 17-26-1-143; Page,

T 2-2-0-25.

RECEIVING: White-Rogers, D. 5-74; Blanc, C. 3-38; Rivera, M. 3-27; Young,

D. 2-15; Neal, R. 1-3. Orange-Carter, J. 6-42; Downs, B. 4-51; Lane, M. 3-32;

Smith, T. 3-12; Dallas, V. 1-13; Ellis, A. 1-11; Bartholomew, B. 1-7.

INTERCEPTIONS: White-Propst, J. 1-25. Orange-None.

FUMBLES: White-Rogers, D. 1-1; Bray, T. 1-0. Orange-Lane, M. 1-0; Smith,

T. 1-1.

Stadium: Neyland Stadium Attendance: 35421

Kickoff time: 2:37 pm End of Game: 4:17 pm Total elapsed time: 1:40

Officials: Referee: Penn Wagers; Umpire: Johnny Hibbett; Linesman: Randall Kizer;

Line judge: Terry Walters; Back judge: John Wright; Field judge: James Carter;

Side judge: Chris Conley;

Temperature: 69 deg Wind: N 7 mph Weather: Mostly Cloudy

2012 DISH Orange & White Game

White vs Orange (Apr 21, 2012 at Knoxville, Tenn.)

SACKS (UA-A): White-Carson, A. 1-0. Orange-Bohannon, W. 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): White-Toney, J. 7-0; Propst, J. 4-3; Wilks, R. 5-0;

Teague, M. 3-2; Carson, A. 3-1; Orta, G. 2-1; Fugate, C. 1-2; Sentimore, D. 1-2;

Crump, R. 1-2; Taylor, T. 0-3; Williams, J. 1-1; Ayres, J. 1-1; Alexander, C.

1-0; Thomas, T. 1-0; Sapp, D. 1-0; Palardy, M. 1-0. Orange-Coleman, J. 6-3;Randolph, B. 2-2; Johnson, A.J. 2-2; Gordon 2-2; Sapp, D. 1-3; Lanier, I. 3-0;

Fowlkes, S. 1-2; Brewer, B. 1-1; Walls, M. 1-1; Bohannon, W. 1-1; Lathers, H.

0-2; Smith, J. 1-0; Kerbyson, K. 1-0; Fairman, T. 1-0; Moore, B. 0-1.

Orange & White Postgame Notes

To Note

For the Record

• Orange Team Captains: Carson Anderson, Willie Bohannon, Herman Lathers.

• White Team Captains: Tyler Bray, Zach Rogers, Prentiss Waggner, Marsalis Teague.

• The Orange won the pre-game coin toss and elected to receive.

• After the setback, the White now maintains a 25-24 advantage in the series. There have been three ties.

• The White entered the game on a six-game winning streak (2006-present) and saw that spree come to an end.

• Orange Team Guest Head Coaches: Matt Dixon (Senior at UT and sports editor of the Daily Beacon, the campus newspaper), Dr. Amadou Sall (Teaches Africana studies courses in the College of Arts and Sciences).

• Orange Coaching Staff: Josh Conklin, Jay Graham, Darin Hinshaw, John Palermo, Sal Sunseri.

• White Team Guest Head Coaches: George Drinnon (Director of Undergraduate Programs in UT's College of Business Administration), Todd Skelton (Second-year JD/MBA student, president of the Graduate Student Congress).

• White Team Coaching Staff: Derrick Ansley, Jim Chaney, Charlie Coiner, Sam Pittman.

Spring Practice Awards

• John Stucky Off-Season Award: Jordan Williams, Brian Randolph, Ja'Wuan James, Tyler Bray.

• Harvey Robinson Offensive Surprise Award: Devrin Young.

• Andy Spiva Defensive Surprise Award: Steven Fowlkes.

• Big Lick Award: Herman Lathers, Jacques Smith, Da'Rick Rogers, Brendan Downs.

• 4th Quarter Award: Justin Coleman, A.J. Johnson, Dallas Thomas, Ja'Wuan James.

• Unsung Hero Award: Willie Bohannon, James Stone.

Orange Scoring Surge

• With a TD and PAT on its first drive, the Orange matched its scoring output of seven points in the past two Orange & White Spring Games. By halftime, the Orange had matched its total for the past two years combined with 14.

• The 17 points by the Orange were the most since that squad put up 60 in 2005.

• The 14 points tallied by the White were the fewest that team has registered since 2003.

The Offense

Signal Callers

• Tyler Bray got the start at quarterback for the White.

• Bray was 7-14 in the first half for 101 yards and finished 14 of 26 for 157 yards and one touchdown.

• Justin Worley drew the starting nod at QB for the Orange and led his squad to a 14-7 advantage at the half and to a 17-14 victory.

• Worley was 11-18 in the first half for 109 yards, with an interception, and finished 17 of 26 for 143 yards and the sole INT.

• Tyler Page saw duty under center in the fourth quarter for the Orange.

Passing Game

• A 51-yard pass from Tyler Bray to Da'Rick Rogers helped set the White up for a short touchdown run by Rajion Neal on its first series.

• True freshman Cody Blanc of Knoxville's Central High School had a 17-yard catch for the White in the second stanza and finished with three receptions for 38 yards as the White squad's second-leading receiver.

• Tyler Bray hit Mychal Rivera for a one-yard touchdown to help the White knot the score at 14 in the third quarter.

• Sophomore wide receiver Jacob Carter capped off an impressive spring, hauling in a game-high six balls for 42 yards for the Orange.

Running Game

• Marlin Lane got the Orange on the board first with a 19-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

• Lane added a 39-yard TD ramble as time expired in the first half to put the Orange on top, 14-7, after the PAT from Derrick Brodus.

• By halftime, Lane had 103 yards rushing and two TDs on only seven carries.

• Rajion Neal and the White squad responded to the Orange's score on their first series of the game, as Neal punched it into the end zone from one yard out.

The Defense

Making Plays

• White defensive back Geraldo Orta recovered Tom Smith's first-quarter fumble.

• White nose tackle Allan Carson recorded a sack of Justin Worley in the first quarter.

• Orange linebacker Dontavis Sapp's second-quarter hit of Da'Rick Rogers forced a fumble that Brian Randolph recovered.

• White linebacker John Propst intercepted Justin Worley and had a 25-yard return.

• On the White's final drive, Willie Bohannon of the Orange sacked Tyler Bray for a five-yard loss.

• Orange cornerback Justin Coleman was the leading tackler at the half with seven stops and finished with a game-high nine, six of them solo.

• The Orange had four pass break-ups, getting them from Brian Randolph, Dontavis Sapp, Izauea Lanier and Byron Moore. The White's Jaron Toney and Marsalis Teague recorded PBUs.

Special Teams

Odds & Ends

• Marlin Lane returned the opening kickoff 43 yards for the Orange and had a 31-yard return in the third period.

• Michael Palardy was the kicker for the White and was 2 of 2 on PATs.

• Palardy also served as punter for the White and had a 35.0 average.

• Derrick Brodus handled kicking chores for the Orange and was 2 of 2 on PATs and nailed a 37-yard field goal to put his squad up 17-14 as the fourth quarter got under way.

• Brodus missed a 27-yard field goal with 2:05 remaining in the contest.

• Michael Palardy missed an opportunity to put the White on top heading into the locker room at the half, as his 32-yard attempt failed.

• Matt Darr punted for the Orange, hitting one for 37 yards.

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GoVols_16 writes:

The Vols need to sign Ben Ogle from Greeneville at kicker. He couold win the job.

GreySmokey writes:

Saw a lot of positives things, but not in the kicking game. Looks as feeble as it did last year. The kicker from West High can't get here soon enough.

GreerVol22 writes:

Brodus to start. IMO

pupvol writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Brodus to start. IMO

mine too!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Nice game for Lane. However, the D he was running against was FAR FAR less talented than the one Neal and Young ran against, especially in the front seven. Not being negative. I was sitting in the end one, and the holes he had were huge at times. This is still a good thing, because Neal and Young did so well against the 1 defense. And Lane looked very good which will give us 3 solid RBs who all bring a different skill set. Devrin Young looks like he could take it to the house any given moment.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Offense looked decent IMO. You have to remember, no Justin Hunter. IMO I really liked what I saw from the D. However, our kicking game sucks plain and simple! Both kickers missed really short FGs, and we had a PAT blocked. If we don't get our kicking game fixed we are gonna be hurtin. Hard to win in this league if you miss 30 yarders like we did today.

VolinCalif writes:

Well the better team won. The white kept Bray in the whole time and the Orn. played the third string QB in the 4th Qr. But we do have a offence and the Def looked pretty good also. I think we should stop hearing bad things about OCC. Sal appears to have done a good job in this short time. When we put this group together as a team we'll make some noice. And Yes I think Bray has some competition should be good for him.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Offense looked decent IMO. You have to remember, no Justin Hunter. IMO I really liked what I saw from the D. However, our kicking game sucks plain and simple! Both kickers missed really short FGs, and we had a PAT blocked. If we don't get our kicking game fixed we are gonna be hurtin. Hard to win in this league if you miss 30 yarders like we did today.

I was afraid of that. Ended up working all day, there has been a lot of confusion around the TV replay. Do you have an idea?

AllVol1 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Offense looked decent IMO. You have to remember, no Justin Hunter. IMO I really liked what I saw from the D. However, our kicking game sucks plain and simple! Both kickers missed really short FGs, and we had a PAT blocked. If we don't get our kicking game fixed we are gonna be hurtin. Hard to win in this league if you miss 30 yarders like we did today.

I get the feeling that CDD is dealling with some head cases. He continues to downplay how poor the kicking has been all spring. Maybe the local kid will come in and light it up. We need someone to step up!

Everything else showed improvement, except the fumbles. I really like seeing our defensive backfield getting after the receivers and vice versa.

Really looking forward to seeing JH come back full go this fall!

Go Vols!

abnerPeabody writes:

Today we saw why our recruits are rated 3 stars.That is exactly what thay are.
Kicking game hasn't changed.Three missed field goals from less than 40 yards and one extra point was tipped. Punting average was 37 high school type yards just like last year.
I know this was an inter-squad game with players missing that will not be missing come fall and other rules applied to protect players,but the ones that were playing today will get Dooley fired come December.Let's hope this is not what we will witness this fall.

AtopTheHill06 writes:

Not a bad scrimmage. The defense started slow, but this is to be expected with learning a new scheme. I think I was most impressed with the secondary. With the exception of a few plays, the DB's played a solid game and were constantly affecting the catch by being physical. Randolph and Lanier have progressed tremendously since last year. Still wondering what's going on with Palardy. But overall good effort.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Good job Mr. Lane! If you want the starting job....go out there and get it! The team overall is alot deeper than they've been in a while. If we can stay healty, we'll be hard to deal with this fall.

Fight on you MIGHTY VOLS!

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Today we saw why our recruits are rated 3 stars.That is exactly what thay are.
Kicking game hasn't changed.Three missed field goals from less than 40 yards and one extra point was tipped. Punting average was 37 high school type yards just like last year.
I know this was an inter-squad game with players missing that will not be missing come fall and other rules applied to protect players,but the ones that were playing today will get Dooley fired come December.Let's hope this is not what we will witness this fall.

Not being judgemental but seems like you made comments regarding the entire team, but only insulted the kicking game.
I haven't seen the game yet and fully understand that a sad kicking game could lose the season but did everything else bother you as well, or just the kicking game?

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

I hope my post about Lane earlier didn't sound too negative, wasn't meant to be. But our 1st team front seven looked scary big and fast. The o-line looked much improved, they were really battling in the trenches. The point was when Neal and Young had a hole, it closed quick. A 4-5yd run was really good. When Lane had a hole, it didn't close as quick if at all. However, when the hole was there, Lane didn't hesitate, he hit it. That's where he's made the biggest improvement IMO. See hole, hit hole. He, Young, and Neal are gonna do us some good. And to think they moved Neal to WR, LOL.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Today we saw why our recruits are rated 3 stars.That is exactly what thay are.
Kicking game hasn't changed.Three missed field goals from less than 40 yards and one extra point was tipped. Punting average was 37 high school type yards just like last year.
I know this was an inter-squad game with players missing that will not be missing come fall and other rules applied to protect players,but the ones that were playing today will get Dooley fired come December.Let's hope this is not what we will witness this fall.

I kind of agree and disagree (don't know if that's possible), LOL. I think our D will be good. Gotta remember, Prentiss will give us a huge boost when he returns. He played 2nd team D with a red jersey. And Hunter will elevate our offense big time. Personally I think our offense and defense are gonna be good.

As for Dooley getting fired... I'm not sure what will happen. But I'm pretty sure if he doesn't get the kicking game fixed he's gonna be in deep trouble. There's no reason to be shanking 30 yarders. And in this league, many games are gonna come down to the kicking game.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

Not being judgemental but seems like you made comments regarding the entire team, but only insulted the kicking game.
I haven't seen the game yet and fully understand that a sad kicking game could lose the season but did everything else bother you as well, or just the kicking game?

Can't make a true post without seeing this team as it will be come fall. To try and answer your question,you are right about the kicking team They stink in every way you can stink.
As for the others, well from where I was sitting,they all played pretty much like the stars they were rated when they came here,with the exception of a couple of them.
Until this team hits the field the last week of August,it will be hard to say what will happen.They may be conference champs and I truly hope so. But as of today they were much like last years team and that ain't going to be anything to brag about.

movol77 writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Today we saw why our recruits are rated 3 stars.That is exactly what thay are.
Kicking game hasn't changed.Three missed field goals from less than 40 yards and one extra point was tipped. Punting average was 37 high school type yards just like last year.
I know this was an inter-squad game with players missing that will not be missing come fall and other rules applied to protect players,but the ones that were playing today will get Dooley fired come December.Let's hope this is not what we will witness this fall.

Just jabber...and it was primarily about 5 star rated kicker out of high school.

BTW, has anyone heard that the sky is falling?

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

bray looked horrible in the 2 minute drill and justin worley was nearly perfect in his 2 minute drill....hmmmmm...........and give jacob carter a scholarship, that guy obviously knows what he's doin.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

I kind of agree and disagree (don't know if that's possible), LOL. I think our D will be good. Gotta remember, Prentiss will give us a huge boost when he returns. He played 2nd team D with a red jersey. And Hunter will elevate our offense big time. Personally I think our offense and defense are gonna be good.

As for Dooley getting fired... I'm not sure what will happen. But I'm pretty sure if he doesn't get the kicking game fixed he's gonna be in deep trouble. There's no reason to be shanking 30 yarders. And in this league, many games are gonna come down to the kicking game.

I will agree with your take on the offence.They could be VERY good. As for the defence,well we need to hold off until all are together this fall and how well they take to the new defence being installed.
Many things will be different from today.
For the most part everyone played today much like the stars they were assigned when being recruited.
We must remember that even if we are better this fall than we were last fall,our opponents will be better also.

movol77 writes:

Lots of Debbie and Nancy stuff.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to movol77:

Just jabber...and it was primarily about 5 star rated kicker out of high school.

BTW, has anyone heard that the sky is falling?

Have you heard we are trying to have a football related discussion here? You just have to come here and show stupidity.You never said one thing about why you believe I am wrong.If you have a different opinion ,i'm willing to hear it. Maybe we both can learn something that will change our view.
This is suposed to be a discussion board,not an insulting one. Please grow up.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

I will agree with your take on the offence.They could be VERY good. As for the defence,well we need to hold off until all are together this fall and how well they take to the new defence being installed.
Many things will be different from today.
For the most part everyone played today much like the stars they were assigned when being recruited.
We must remember that even if we are better this fall than we were last fall,our opponents will be better also.

Yeah, I was impressed with the offensive line. And this dude Devrin Young is something else too. This kicking game scares the heck out of me.

movol77 writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Have you heard we are trying to have a football related discussion here? You just have to come here and show stupidity.You never said one thing about why you believe I am wrong.If you have a different opinion ,i'm willing to hear it. Maybe we both can learn something that will change our view.
This is suposed to be a discussion board,not an insulting one. Please grow up.

Let me try again.

You said "3 star." I corrected with the fact, "5 star."

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to movol77:

Let me try again.

You said "3 star." I corrected with the fact, "5 star."

Palardy wasn't 5*

UT4prez writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

I will agree with your take on the offence.They could be VERY good. As for the defence,well we need to hold off until all are together this fall and how well they take to the new defence being installed.
Many things will be different from today.
For the most part everyone played today much like the stars they were assigned when being recruited.
We must remember that even if we are better this fall than we were last fall,our opponents will be better also.

One thing I will disagree on is the part about opponents being better. Two reasons. First, our schedule is easier so our opponents on the whole will be easier. Second, some will be better and some will be worse. UGA brings a good amount back so they likely will be better. Vandy lost a lot and typically doesn't have the talent to reload. On paper they should be worse. I agree with your overall point though. Gotta wait and see. I have more concerns on D than O. If our ST are as bad as they appear I hope we adjust our style of play. For instance maybe you go for a 4th and 5 rather than kick a 45 yard FG. There's no reason we shouldn't have a K that can make 70% from 40 and in. Punting averages can be deceiving. They can avg 37 if there are no returns. It's not a great net number but manageable. If that 37 avg is from one boomer and one shank then that is no good.

So what's your early call for next year bowler? Record? Who beats us?

movol77 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Palardy wasn't 5*

Palardy was the Scout #1 rated KICKER in the 2010 class when UT signed him.
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/981750.html

Matt Darr was the Scout #1 rated PUNTER in the 2010 class when UT signed him.
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/981160.html

These were not thought to be pancake recruits coming out of high school.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to UT4prez:

One thing I will disagree on is the part about opponents being better. Two reasons. First, our schedule is easier so our opponents on the whole will be easier. Second, some will be better and some will be worse. UGA brings a good amount back so they likely will be better. Vandy lost a lot and typically doesn't have the talent to reload. On paper they should be worse. I agree with your overall point though. Gotta wait and see. I have more concerns on D than O. If our ST are as bad as they appear I hope we adjust our style of play. For instance maybe you go for a 4th and 5 rather than kick a 45 yard FG. There's no reason we shouldn't have a K that can make 70% from 40 and in. Punting averages can be deceiving. They can avg 37 if there are no returns. It's not a great net number but manageable. If that 37 avg is from one boomer and one shank then that is no good.

So what's your early call for next year bowler? Record? Who beats us?

I can see 7-5 or 8-4 if the cards fall into the right hand.Maybe 8-5 or 9-4 if we can win a bowl game.It will be hard but very possible. I hope so anyway.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to movol77:

Palardy was the Scout #1 rated KICKER in the 2010 class when UT signed him.
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/981750.html

Matt Darr was the Scout #1 rated PUNTER in the 2010 class when UT signed him.
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/981160.html

These were not thought to be pancake recruits coming out of high school.

Thank you for sharing information .Isn't that better than slamming someone uselessly?

nc_volboy writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

bray looked horrible in the 2 minute drill and justin worley was nearly perfect in his 2 minute drill....hmmmmm...........and give jacob carter a scholarship, that guy obviously knows what he's doin.

I have to agree. Bray clearly has an NFL arm, but I seriously question his ability to lead a team back. Worley on the other hand doesn't have the big arm, but he seems to be able to rally the troops.

Defensively I think we may struggle some early, and the lack of depth at LB is a concern, but the DL looked the best it has in a long time. No big stars perhaps, but it looks like we have some depth there now.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to movol77:

Palardy was the Scout #1 rated KICKER in the 2010 class when UT signed him.
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/981750.html

Matt Darr was the Scout #1 rated PUNTER in the 2010 class when UT signed him.
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/981160.html

These were not thought to be pancake recruits coming out of high school.

Was he a 5*? That's all I said.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Nice game for Lane. However, the D he was running against was FAR FAR less talented than the one Neal and Young ran against, especially in the front seven. Not being negative. I was sitting in the end one, and the holes he had were huge at times. This is still a good thing, because Neal and Young did so well against the 1 defense. And Lane looked very good which will give us 3 solid RBs who all bring a different skill set. Devrin Young looks like he could take it to the house any given moment.

Rich, you also have to remember Marlin Lane was running behind the blocking of the #2 offense.

But you are right, our running game overall looked much better today.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Rich, you also have to remember Marlin Lane was running behind the blocking of the #2 offense.

But you are right, our running game overall looked much better today.

Yeah I thought about that. But I think our #2 O-line was all over the #2 D. But I think the LBs were the biggest difference. HUGE drop off between the 1s and 2s at LB. Lane did look good. I just think instead of 10 yes per carry, it would have been 4-5 against 1st team D. And 4-5 ypc can win a lot of ball games in this league. I wasn't at all shocked that Neal ran as good as he did. Moving him to WR was arguably one of the dumbest things I've ever saw. But I'm just fired up about Devrin Young. I've watched this kid since his freshman year at Bearden. Many of us knew this kid had it. But due to his size there have always been a slew of naysayers. He's too small, he plays weak competition, yada yada. He's not an every down back, but he's a serious threat to the opposition. And he can take it between the tackles too. Lane, Young, and Neal all bring unique skill sets to the table. They can all catch the ball good and all have different styles. I've never been a fan of RB by committee. But I think we have something going in the run game. Lane, Neal,Young...3 headed dragon?

volaholic45 writes:

Just to correct the story on one minor point, all the quarters were 10 minutes - not just the 2nd half.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Brodus to start. IMO

I like him too. Palardy just always seems to be trying to hit the defenders in the face when he kicks a FG or PAT. His first PAT was tipped, BTW.

Tennfan4075 writes:

As a Vol fan, I agree the kicking game has a long way to go, but at the same time if the defense and offense is not significantly improved over last year a missed field goal (or two or three our four) against the big boy teams in the SEC is not going to mean much.

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Yeah I thought about that. But I think our #2 O-line was all over the #2 D. But I think the LBs were the biggest difference. HUGE drop off between the 1s and 2s at LB. Lane did look good. I just think instead of 10 yes per carry, it would have been 4-5 against 1st team D. And 4-5 ypc can win a lot of ball games in this league. I wasn't at all shocked that Neal ran as good as he did. Moving him to WR was arguably one of the dumbest things I've ever saw. But I'm just fired up about Devrin Young. I've watched this kid since his freshman year at Bearden. Many of us knew this kid had it. But due to his size there have always been a slew of naysayers. He's too small, he plays weak competition, yada yada. He's not an every down back, but he's a serious threat to the opposition. And he can take it between the tackles too. Lane, Young, and Neal all bring unique skill sets to the table. They can all catch the ball good and all have different styles. I've never been a fan of RB by committee. But I think we have something going in the run game. Lane, Neal,Young...3 headed dragon?

Devrin Young reminds me of Darren Sproles with the Saints. If Chaney is worth his weight, Young should be that explosive change of pace back like Sproles has been with the Saints. I'd give it to him 10 to 15 times per age: a screen here, a draw there, shovel pass, misdirection... Chaney can get real creative with this guy. What linebacker is going to cover him out of the backfield?

crappieking writes:

With that kicking game? 4-7 or 5-8 and no bowl. The Dooley "error" will be over. Thanks Hamilton.

dk writes:

Considering that both teams ran basic stuff, I saw some promising things and some things are a concern. I was impressed with all 4 backs. Except for the fumble by Smith, but he came back and had a few good solid runs. All backs hit the holes hard. No tip toeing was a great sign. Looks like Lane wants the #1 RB position and he did nothing to lessen his chances of taking it this fall. Young shows speed that has been lacking in the Vol running game for sometime. The O-line played better than last year but that can be a two-edged sword. They were playing against out D-lines.

On defense, I saw good tight coverage most of the time, but still got beat deep on one of the few long passes. I saw lots of missed tackles, but that can be corrected.

The kicking game is an enigma. Who would have thought that the number 1 kicker coming out of high school would do so poorly going into his junior year in college? I don't want to say anything bad about any of the players that would cause them to lose confidence in what they are doing, but there comes a point in time when you just have to say "What's up with that"?

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

bray looked horrible in the 2 minute drill and justin worley was nearly perfect in his 2 minute drill....hmmmmm...........and give jacob carter a scholarship, that guy obviously knows what he's doin.

Worley's IT was so bad, it deserves to be put on the same highlight film of Ainge at LSU his Soph year - you know the one where he has his back turned to the defense and he throws it over his head. Must of been high!

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