High-scoring O&W game?

Tennessee's offense couldn't score on the defense in spring football scrimmages this year but it will be getting considerable help in Saturday's Orange & White Game.

Instead of having to dent the end zone or boot a field goal to score, the attack unit merely needs to pick up first downs. Yep, Randy Sanders' Orange team will receive one point for each first down it achieves, one point for a kickoff return beyond the 30-yard line AND (get this) one point if the punt coverage unit allows fewer than five yards on a return.

Meanwhile, John Chavis' defense (White team) will have five ways to score. The stop unit gets one point for forcing a three-and-out, one point for stopping a kickoff return inside the 30-yard line, one point for returning a punt 10 yards or more, six points for forcing a turnover and 10 points for a defensive touchdown.

Obviously, with so many ways to produce points, Saturday's affair could be ahigh-scoring affair. That's especially true since injuries and suspensions are leaving some gaping holes in the two lineups.

The Orange team will be without wideouts Chris Hannon and C.J. Fayton, fullback David Holbert, offensive linemen Rob Smith, Cody Douglas, Richie Gandy and Arron Sears, tight ends Brad Cottam, Jake Finlayson and Justin Reed.

Meanwhile, the White team will be minus linebackers Kevin Simon and Ellix Wilson, linemen Turk McBride, Xavier Mitchell, Jason Hall and Jared Hostetter, defensive backs Jason Allen and Roshaun Fellows.

Kicker James Wilhoit (foot surgery) also will miss the O&W Game.

Neyland Stadium's ticket windows open Saturday at noon. Fan Day activities begin at 1, with players available for photos and autographs. Kickoff for the Orange & White Game is set for 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Following the O&W game will be the "Big Orange Chill" at 5 p.m. This involves refreshments and a music concert by the Chillbillies at Haslam Field.

Fans wishing to attend the scrimmage game AND the concert will need to purchase an "All Vol Ticket" ($15 per adult, $8 per child). The All Vol Ticket also covers admission to the UT-Arkansas baseball game (7 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium). Without the All Vol Ticket, admission to the baseball game is $4 per adult and $2 per child.

Two more sporting events will be held on campus Saturday that are free to the public. The Sea Ray Relays will run from 9:45 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. at Tom Black Track. Meanwhile, the Lady Vol tennis team hosts Georgia at noon on the Varsity Courts.


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