QB Josh Dobbs garners oohs and ahhs in Vols' open practice

University of Tennessee fans watch the Vols' rain-soaked opening scrimmage of the fall 2013 season from the stands at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee fans watch the Vols' rain-soaked opening scrimmage of the fall 2013 season from the stands at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Fans flooded into Neyland Stadium on Saturday night and stuck around despite being nearly rained out. Tennessee announced a crowd of 39,000 for its open-to-the-public practice. Perhaps the tally was a tad generous, as no tickets were taken and no turnstiles spun, but it was a hearty showing from a starving fanbase.

There was no game, but instead only mock situational plays and one-on-one action. Nonetheless, opinions were formed. Here’s a spattering of snippets those in attendance will talk about between now and the Vols’ opener against Austin Peay:

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Josh Dobbs served up quite the appetizer for his freshman campaign. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound quarterback garnered oohs and ahhs for a big move and a big throw.

Cutting out of the pocket and around the left side of the offensive line, Dobbs found himself lined up with safety Tino Thomas. A shoulder shake and juke to the right sent Thomas grabbing for air and Dobbs zipping up-field

“It’s happened a few times (in preseason) where he’ll hit a spin move or something to get out of the pocket,” quarterback Justin Worley said later. “He’s definitely light on his feet and moves well.”

Not long after the juke, during one-on-one wideout versus defensive back battles, Dobbs whistled a 45-yard pass in stride to receiver Drae Bowles, who easily dusted nickleback JaRon Toney.

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Pressing for the Vols to make correct decisions in important situations, UT coach Butch Jones continually yelled standard mottos such as “focus” and “see the sticks.” Sometimes proper choices were made. Other times, well, not exactly.

Jones manufactured one scene where UT needed to gain a few yards and get a field goal in a late-game moment. Catching a pass from Worley at the sideline, redshirt freshman wide receiver Jason Croom spun back toward the field for more yards.

“Out of bounds!” Jones wailed, before quickly turning of his microphone and unloading on Croom.

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Toward the end of the night, freshman offensive lineman Dylan Wiesman was helped off the field. Jones confirmed afterward it was a leg injury and said, “I’ll know more tonight and into tomorrow.”

Linebacker Curt Maggitt (ACL) and running back Marlin Lane (undisclosed) were both held out of practice for precautionary reasons, according to Jones. Maggitt did, however, don an orange jersey instead of his green non-contact jersey he’s worn in previous practices.

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Redshirt sophomore running back Tom Smith notched some productive runs with second-team reps in Lane’s absence.

“He has been sitting back there for three years waiting for the opportunity,” offensive tackle Antonio Richardson said. “He got some opportunities today and did really well.”

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Defensive end Jordan Williams, running with the first team in place of injured Jacques Smith (broken thumb), had the pleasure of being called on to rush against the NFL-bound Richardson. Despite giving up 1 inch and 67 pounds, Williams burst past Richardson to register a hypothetical sack.

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No moment endeared Jones to the UT faithful more than the coach laying into his second-team defense for lurching onto the field.

“Get off the field,” Jones yelled. “You don’t walk onto the field in Neyland Stadium like that.”

Jones made the defense return to the sidelines and sprint back onto the field.

The move garnered one of the loudest cheers of the night.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee football and men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn.

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Comments » 26

xanga writes:

can't spell BUTCH without UT

69vol08 writes:

We still need some work, but encouraged by what I saw tonight! Go VOLS!

CroKev writes:

I think we've found ourself a coach...

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

Jordan Williams managed to get past Tiny for what would have been a sack. That says something about Williams. Clowney couldn't get past Tiny for one of those last season. He only managed to get close enough to touch Bray once (costly though it was) all night. Williams must have some real skills.

SBWB2 writes:

Did Worley do anything?

OrangePride writes:

This was a great venue tonight, despite the uncooperative weather. The band and the team atmosphere made it really special for those players, particularly the newer freshman who have perhaps not been to Neyland during a game atmosphere. I truly enjoyed watching the one-on-ones between the line matchups and then the receiver/defenders. Most of all, we got to see all four quarterbacks. Frankly, Peterman was perhaps the more impressive overall, but he was generally going against the 2's. Worley was perhaps a little safer and looked much more on target than he did in the O/W game where he couldn't throw the ball in the ocean. I LOVE THIS COACH!! (Course watch us lose a bunch of games we shouldn't and I will have to eat those words...... again!) He brings it and makes sure everyone else is doing the same. My favorite part? He sends the 2nd defense back to the sideline and berates them with, "you don't run onto the field at Neyland Stadium like that!" Gotta luv it and reallllly looking forward to our season. GO VOLS! THANKS FOR THE GREAT NIGHT.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

39,000 for a rain soaked afternoon, that's impressive Vol fans..GBO!

hateNCloveTN writes:

wish I could have been there. finally getting to move back to TN. this season hopefully will set the scene for many years of "winning" Tennessee football. GBO!

stevefrommemphis writes:

Leave that umbrella at home when the real games start.

volfan1202 writes:

Crowd tally of 39,000 a tad generous??

Looks more like a crowd of 3900... and that number is a tad generous.

edee writes:

famous words of BUTCH JONES, "GET OFF THE FIELD"

VolzsFan writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Jordan Williams managed to get past Tiny for what would have been a sack. That says something about Williams. Clowney couldn't get past Tiny for one of those last season. He only managed to get close enough to touch Bray once (costly though it was) all night. Williams must have some real skills.

Those on the Tennessee team that was there last year and watched the film will laugh at that comment. Clowney played less than half the snaps due to injury and half of the snaps he had where on the 2 technique due to an injury to another player. This has been the biggest misconception ever. When they where head up and they needed a play, Clowney made it. That simple. Injury and all.

You all are really reaching.

Snapshot writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Those on the Tennessee team that was there last year and watched the film will laugh at that comment. Clowney played less than half the snaps due to injury and half of the snaps he had where on the 2 technique due to an injury to another player. This has been the biggest misconception ever. When they where head up and they needed a play, Clowney made it. That simple. Injury and all.

You all are really reaching.

Gee, thanks for setting everyone straight. Don't know what we would do without your knowledgable insight. The only laughing going on is at you!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Jordan Williams managed to get past Tiny for what would have been a sack. That says something about Williams. Clowney couldn't get past Tiny for one of those last season. He only managed to get close enough to touch Bray once (costly though it was) all night. Williams must have some real skills.

Jarvis Jones got pummeled like a eagle landing on a rabbit when he faced Tiny. I agree, this JW's must be pretty good.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Leave that umbrella at home when the real games start.

They will. Umbrellas aren't allowed in Newland.

clemvol writes:

The quarterback we need?? Tennessee's need is a quarterback that knows the plays like the back side of his hand. We need a quarterback that is not needed to win a game for you. Our quarterback need is one that will not lose a game for you. We simply need an efficient, steady hand under center. Now lets play football.

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

in response to volfan1202:

Crowd tally of 39,000 a tad generous??

Looks more like a crowd of 3900... and that number is a tad generous.

Dawg Day had representatives there and received a report. The only people who believe there were 39,000 in attendance are people who actually believe any of these 4 can play quarterback in the SEC. Also, it would seem that Vol fans only have faith in Butchie Boy when it's a free lunch; since Dawg fans are now buying up all the single game tickets for Butchie's and your fourth straight comeuppance October 5th. The stands will be red, cheering as those glorious Silver Britches blow past the Bumstead Grays!

gameofvols writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

Dawg Day had representatives there and received a report. The only people who believe there were 39,000 in attendance are people who actually believe any of these 4 can play quarterback in the SEC. Also, it would seem that Vol fans only have faith in Butchie Boy when it's a free lunch; since Dawg fans are now buying up all the single game tickets for Butchie's and your fourth straight comeuppance October 5th. The stands will be red, cheering as those glorious Silver Britches blow past the Bumstead Grays!

Ask Ray Goff or Jim Donnan what it's like to go into TN and get stomped in the mud. Also ask Mark R. They all know too well. Those ugly arse white pants GA wears with those ugly jerseys were covered in TN soil....

UTKin1992 writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

Dawg Day had representatives there and received a report. The only people who believe there were 39,000 in attendance are people who actually believe any of these 4 can play quarterback in the SEC. Also, it would seem that Vol fans only have faith in Butchie Boy when it's a free lunch; since Dawg fans are now buying up all the single game tickets for Butchie's and your fourth straight comeuppance October 5th. The stands will be red, cheering as those glorious Silver Britches blow past the Bumstead Grays!

I try not to respond to someone so worthless that they puruse other teams websites every day to post insults...but...so much for tradition.

Georgia is the perennial second fiddle. UGA has finished behind UT and Florida so many times I don't know where we end and they begin. Always a strong recruiting class, yet manage to do less with more, every single year.

I recall several SEC teams capturing the BCS Crown - UT, AU, UA, UF, and LSU...but no UGA. So, that being said, when you become a big boy and have the hardware to backup your horsesh:t then and only then can you talk trash. For now, you and your second rate football team can have a nice big cup of STFU...

orangecountyvols writes:

UTK92'

Be nice to the troll Dawggy.

He won't be with us much longer, along with his fellow trolls.

We already saw what happened to Billy boy.
Wilted Flowers is close behind.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Those on the Tennessee team that was there last year and watched the film will laugh at that comment. Clowney played less than half the snaps due to injury and half of the snaps he had where on the 2 technique due to an injury to another player. This has been the biggest misconception ever. When they where head up and they needed a play, Clowney made it. That simple. Injury and all.

You all are really reaching.

Reaching? There is only one way to describe your comment...DUMB! Clowney HIMSELF has said more than once that Richardson handled him better in that game, than anybody else has. He said he looked forward to meeting him again to try to even the score.

You TROLLS that come on here and try to degrade UT and it's players on a regular basis are know very little about the game, but plenty about hiding behind your keyboards and garnering attention to yourself. That lame comment just goes as further proof. Richardson is WELL KNOWN to be one of the, or the best OL in the upcoming draft. YOU are the one that's REACHING, really.

grandtad#1402265 writes:

Looks to me like Butch will wait til after the first 2 games before he settles on the right QB. They can wait and by that time he'll know! I think we have ONE play-maker on the horizon and just about to break out! I like him but I don't think it's gonna be Worley.

clemvol writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

Dawg Day had representatives there and received a report. The only people who believe there were 39,000 in attendance are people who actually believe any of these 4 can play quarterback in the SEC. Also, it would seem that Vol fans only have faith in Butchie Boy when it's a free lunch; since Dawg fans are now buying up all the single game tickets for Butchie's and your fourth straight comeuppance October 5th. The stands will be red, cheering as those glorious Silver Britches blow past the Bumstead Grays!

Just a quick note. Clemson will put georgia back in the doghouse. This will be just the first castration of the pups of many to come this year. I know the muzzle will be put on the pups early and the only thing we will hear will be the sound of the moving van backing up to the georgia coaches homes. Chew on this.

TnVolFan9933 writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

I try not to respond to someone so worthless that they puruse other teams websites every day to post insults...but...so much for tradition.

Georgia is the perennial second fiddle. UGA has finished behind UT and Florida so many times I don't know where we end and they begin. Always a strong recruiting class, yet manage to do less with more, every single year.

I recall several SEC teams capturing the BCS Crown - UT, AU, UA, UF, and LSU...but no UGA. So, that being said, when you become a big boy and have the hardware to backup your horsesh:t then and only then can you talk trash. For now, you and your second rate football team can have a nice big cup of STFU...

OK, I am very glad you broke tradition and posted. Best I have read in weeks.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

I try not to respond to someone so worthless that they puruse other teams websites every day to post insults...but...so much for tradition.

Georgia is the perennial second fiddle. UGA has finished behind UT and Florida so many times I don't know where we end and they begin. Always a strong recruiting class, yet manage to do less with more, every single year.

I recall several SEC teams capturing the BCS Crown - UT, AU, UA, UF, and LSU...but no UGA. So, that being said, when you become a big boy and have the hardware to backup your horsesh:t then and only then can you talk trash. For now, you and your second rate football team can have a nice big cup of STFU...

Well done. Evidently the fans in red only watch from the waist down as those "glorious Silver Britches blow past..."

mikethehistorystudent writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

Well done. Evidently the fans in red only watch from the waist down as those "glorious Silver Britches blow past..."

DawgDay has a close connection to feminine hygiene products.

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