Rajion Neal impressive in Vols scrimmage

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Nov. 1, 2014 (Image 1)

It was just one scrimmage, but Rajion Neal made the Vols forget about their rushing woes from last season.

The junior tailback exploded for 134 yards and a touchdown on just nine rushing attempts to lead a Tennessee offense that averaged 6.4 yards per carry in the team's first scrimmage on Saturday at Science Hill High School.

Most impressive to head coach Derek Dooley, however, was the team's attitude throughout the course of the day.

“It was a good scrimmage and I was pleased with the attitude, competitiveness, toughness and effort that the players played with,” Dooley said. “That was a good thing to see… It was one of our better scrimmages from that stand point. We got on the buses and there wasn't a word being said and that was good. They were locked in and treating it like a game and I think that is a sign of maturity and a sign of how important it is to them.”

Junior quarterback Tyler Bray echoed Dooley's sentiments about the team's drastic improvement in less than 24 hours.

“Yesterday was a bad practice, no one really showed up to play,” Bray said. “We were kind of like zombies out there. Today we came out with a burst of energy and we had the tempo we wanted, so we ran all over the defense. The offense has been playing well, we've had some rough days, but today we came out and played well and did our thing.”

That doesn't mean the Vols won't head back to Milligan without anything to work on though.

“We had guys on both sides of the ball making plays but I was disappointed in all the game administration part of it,” Dooley said. “We have to clean that up. It was the first time with a real SEC crew [refereeing] and there were a lot of knick-knack penalties that we have to clean up, substitution issues, and that is why you scrimmage.” 

SCRIMMAGE STATS
PASSING: Tyler Bray 18-31-189 TD, 37 Long; Justin Worley 9-15-134 2 TDs, 24 Long; Nathan Peterman 1-4-4 INT, 4 Long; Matt Darr 1-1-2, 2 Long.

RUSHING: Rajion Neal 9-134 TD, 68 Long; Quenshaun Watson 6-60 TD, 61 Long; Devrin Young 7-36 TD, 11 Long; Marlin Lane 8-34, 8 Long; Tom Smith 9-19, 5 Long; Justin King 3-13, 10 Long; Alden Hill 2-6, 5 Long; Deanthonie Summerhill 1-0; Justin Worley 5-0 TD, 14 Long; Cody Blanc 1-(minus 1); Nathan Peterman 3-(minus 13)

RECEIVING: Da'Rick Rogers 6-105 TD, 37 Long; Jacob Carter 4-58 TD, 20 Long; Justin Hunter 7-47, 14 Long; Jason Croom 2-34, 24 Long; Devrin Young 3-26, 16 Long; Cordarrelle Patterson 1-26; Cody Blanc 1-17; Tom Smith 1-5; Tyler Drummer 1-4; Quenshaun Watson 1-3; Brendan Downs 1-2; Ben Bartholomew 1-2

PUNTING: Matt Darr 5-216, 43.3 average, 47 Long; Michael Palardy 5-174, 34.8, 38 Long

FIELD GOALS: Michael Palardy 4-4 (37, 35, 31, 48); George Bullock 1-3 (33 WL, 41 WR, 35)

SACKS: Channing Fugate 1-12; Corey Miller 1-10; Rod Wilks 1-5; Jordan Williams 1-3

INTERCEPTIONS: Naz Oliver 1-32

DEFENSE (UT-AT-TT): A.J. Johnson 2-8-10; Curt Maggitt 4-5-9; Brian Randolph 2-5-7; Channing Fugate 4-2-6; Byron Moore 3-3-6; Jacques Smith 2-4-6; Marsalis Teague 0-6-6; John Propst 2-3-5; Willie Bohannon 2-2-4; Naz Oliver 2-2-4; Deion Bonner 3-0-3; Justin Coleman 3-0-3; Daniel Gray 2-1-3; Rod Wilks 2-1-3; Vincent Dallas 2-0-2; Jordan Williams 2-0-2; Corey Alexander 1-1-2; Gregory Grieco 1-1-2; Daniel Hood 0-2-2; LaTroy Lewis 0-2-2; Darrington Sentimore 0-2-2, Daniel McCullers 0-2-2; Eric Gordon 1-0-1; Corey Miller 1-0-1; Dontavis Sapp 1-0-1; Maurice Couch 0-1-1; Raiques Crump 0-1-1; Danny O'Brien 0-1-1, Tino Thomas 0-1-1; Jaron Toney 0-1-1

TACKLES FOR LOSS: Channing Fugate 1-12; Corey Miller 1-10; Byron Moore 1-5; Rod Wilks 1-5; Willie Bohannon 1-4; A.J. Johnson 1-3; Jordan Williams 1-3; Deion Bonner 1-1; Jaron Toney 1-1; Naz Oliver 1-0

SACKS: Channing Fugate 1-12; Corey Miller 1-10; Rod Wilks 1-5; Jordan Williams 1-3

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