Knoxville, TN 03/31/2007
Article by: Jeff Kluss/ SIT
Okay, what do you do when in Knoxville, Tennessee on a Saturday during Spring Break? Everybody knows….you go to the Orange and White Game which is the traditional Spring Scrimmage game that has been happening since the days of the famous coach General Neyland. What is the purpose of this Spring event? It’s all about coaching. The determination of what will be happening the new Season come next Fall.
This is the debut of the current group of new starters, returning starters, and a promotional show for the soon to be new Freshmen thinking of signing with Tennessee. We were dazzled by the kicking tradition of the fourth Colquitt to make the team. Britton Colquitt is chasing a legacy of excellence not only in the Volunteer record book but also amongst his family of kickers. The Colquitt’s began with father Craig when I was attending UT back in 1975-77. He later won Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is fourth on the all-time list at UT with a 42.5 yard average.
From Dad to the sons of Britton and Dustin (2001-2004) with 42.8 and 42.6 yards respectively. And now Britton has a chance to better his standing at a 42.8 yard average with two seasons remaining on his eligibility. We got to see him kick, and kick, and kick some more and he definitely has a great chance of bettering his average.
Then we got to see the abilities of tailbacks #22 LaMarcus Coker and #2 Montario Hardesty, who put on quite a show. But the real show stealers were the defensive squads. It soon became a running game for both the Orange and the White squads simply due to the incredible coverage of the defensive secondary and the pressure of the linebackers. That is the real heart-warming segment of the team under the leadership of Coach Chavis who happened to be a walk-on during my tenure at UT, and actually pledged my fraternity for short period until the rigors of football demanded his limiting his extracurricular activities. Chavis has been a stalwart at the Big Orange for some time under Coach Fulmer.
As for the quarterbacks, Erik Ainge sat this one out but got to try his hand at calling some plays from the press box and did a great job. However, we got to see freshman #17 Nick Stephens air the ball out and it became quite apparent that UT will once again have some great talent to fill in after Ainge completes his senior year next season. Amazing how a Big Orange fix during the month of March can actually cure the blues and get us through another boring Summer of no football.