KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The offense had its day as the White team took a 44-29 win over the Orange team in the 2017 DISH Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The game was shortened to one half due to inclement weather.
Junior quarterback Quinten Dormady went 10-for-10 for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano finished 4-for-5 for 41 yards. Redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones was 1-for-4 for two yards.
Eleven different receivers caught passes on the day for 163 total yards. Guarantano hit redshirt freshman Latrell Williams for a 23-yard completion in the first quarter for the longest completion of the day.
On the defensive side, Landon Knoll led the Orange team with five tackles. The redshirt sophomore linebacker had five tackles (two solo). Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Darrell Taylor sacked Guarantano twice for eight yards.
Tennessee recognized 11 Vols during the awards ceremony and also honored VFL Derek Barnett. Team 121 presented Barnett with his spring jersey as well as framed photos commemorating his Tennessee all-time sack record. Barnett broke Reggie White’s all-time UT record when he posted the 33rd sack of his career against Nebraska in the 2016 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.
The White team jumped out to 2-1 lead in the Circle of Life drills. After sophomore defensive back Nigel Warrior got the best of sophomore receiver Marquez Callaway in the second one-on-one test of strength and leverage for the defense’s first point, redshirt sophomore Eli Wolf defeated freshman Deandre Johnson and senior tight Jakob Johnson defeated redshirt sophomore linebacker Austin Smith.
Dormady led the White team on a 10-play, 70-yard drive, going 5-for-5 for 51 yards and capped the series with a one-yard touchdown pass to Jennings on the left side of the end zone. The White led 20-3 at the end of the opening drive.
In the second quarter, Dormady threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Eli Wolf that extended the White’s lead to 42-21 after an extra point.
In the quarterback competition, each quarterback targeted a series of stationary and moving targets that covered three-quarters of the field. All five quarterbacks then attempted the “Dobbs Hail Mary,” throwing the ball from midfield to a cutout of Jennings in the front left corner of the end zone. Freshman Will McBride had a strong showing scoring nine points in the drill, but Dormady earned the win with 10 points.