ATLANTA — Tennessee football coaches challenged their unproven players in the days leading up to Monday night’s showdown with ACC power Georgia Tech.
“We’re going to find out where we are, what we’re built on, and what we’re all about,” UT offensive coordinator Larry Scott said last week. “We’re going to find out which guys can handle it.”
Indeed, much was learned about the No. 21-ranked Vols (1-0) in their 42-41, double-overtime victory over the Yellow Jackets at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Tailback John Kelly entered the game as a proven entity, and he didn’t disappoint against Georgia Tech, inspiring teammates with a gritty 4-touchdown effort.
But new faces also emerged, as there were a handful of breakout performances:
• Sophomore WR Marquez Callaway had four catches for 115 yards and 2 TDs
• Junior QB Quinten Dormady was 20-of-37 passing (six drops) for 221 yards with no interceptions, no sacks and no delay of games.
• Sophomore LB Daniel Bituli had a team-high 23 tackles and a forced fumble
• Sophomore DE Darrell Taylor had 12 tackles, including the game-winning stop on Georgia Tech’s failed 2-point conversion attempt
This brings us to our Tennessee football post-game poll question:
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