Offensive notebook

Tennessee unveiled its version of the "spread" offense Saturday night at Liberty Bowl Stadium. Quarterback Tyler Bray spread the ball among eight receivers - five of whom caught touchdown passes.

Bray would've spread the ball among nine receivers - with six catching scoring aerials - if freshman Matt Milton had managed to reel in a first-half fade route in the end zone.

MOVIN' ON UP

Senior receiver Gerald Jones caught six passes vs. Memphis and now has 118 career receptions, good for ninth place on Tennessee's all-time receiving list. With five catches in Saturday's homecoming tilt against Ole Miss Jones will tie former Vol Tim McGee (1982-85) for eighth place.

MR. CONSISTENCY

With three catches for 56 yards Saturday night, senior tight end Luke Stocker remains the only Vol to catch at least one pass in every game this year. Stocker missed the last half of the game after suffering an apparent concussion.

GREAT PROTECTION

Tennessee allowed no sacks for the first time this season. The last time the Vols accomplished this feat was the Vanderbilt game on Nov. 21, 2009.

NOTABLE FIRSTS

Tyler Bray made his first start at quarterback and fellow freshman James Stone made his first start at center. Stone started three previous games at left guard. Another true freshman, Da'Rick Rogers, registered his first career touchdown catch - a 22-yarder that put Tennessee up 30-7 in the second quarter.

POURING ON POINTS

Tennessee scored 40 first-half points, its high for the year. The previous high of 30 first-half points came in Game 1 vs. UT Martin of the Football Championship Subdivision.

NEW STRATEGY NEEDED

Tennessee's game captains are doing a lousy job on pre-game coin flips this fall. Memphis won the toss Saturday night, marking the seventh time in nine games the Vols have lost the toss this fall. Each of the seven opponents has deferred its kick/receive option until the second half.


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