Dan Harralson
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Tennessee Spring Ball: Practice #8

Mar 29, 2014 2:47 PM EST

Butch Jones had Team 118 inside Neyland Stadium Saturday for their second scrimmage of spring.

Since the Vols have been back from spring break, competition has increased to a new high. It was a cool and rainy Saturday morning, but that did not hamper the continuous competition amongst the team.

The scrimmage was highlighted by situational drills - and a heavy emphasis was placed on overtime situations.  

Even when defensive units were rotating on and off the field, Butch Jones placed valuable learning details on what could determine a result within a game. Defensive players were still adjusting their helmets while coming onto the field - and Coach Jones gave instruction on the matter. "College football's a situational game, son, and that's why we keep our helmets on."

Tennessee has seen firsthand how personnel miscues can decide an outcome of a game. The Vols, under Derek Dooley, had too many players on the field against LSU in 2010.

On top of instructing 'the little things', practicing overtime drills will help Team 118 - especially now that added roster talent will allow the Vols to compete more thoroughly in conference games, and could result in closer games that deal with going to overtime.

Overtime drills began with Justin Worley connecting with Josh Malone for a 25-yard touchdown. Worley also connected with Jason Croom for another 25-yard TD during another overtime series drill. 

Redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson then came in for his first OT series. The simulation placed the offense down three points and resulted in a Ferguson interception. Ferguson did have to go against double and triple teams against the receivers.

Sophomore Josh Dobbs then had his shot. Dobbs' situation was deemed a 'game winning' situation and he prevailed. Dobbs found Jason Croom for a TD.

Nathan Peterman also came through when his name was called upon. A Peterman TD toss to Jacob Carter allowed a 'down by eight points' situation turn successful. Peterman then had to go for two points and again was successful by connecting with Woody Quinn.

Quotes

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Butch Jones

"The ability to play in the elements, tremendous teaching day today."

"Work in progress still too many turnovers. I thought we took steps forward today though."

"We try to simulate throwing wet footballs by dunking them in a bucket, but you can never really simulate playing in the rain. I thought these were valuable reps in terms of taking handoffs and how you take care of the football. Tremendous teaching day today."