Throughout the course of spring practice, it was the defense for the Tennessee Volunteers that garnered most of the attention with their revamped style of play.
In front of a crowd of 68,548 – the second-largest in Tennessee spring game history – however, it was the offense that shined inside Neyland Stadium, as the White racked up 762 total yards en route to a 129-100 victory over the Orange (defense) in Saturday's Orange and White game.
"(Today was) great in terms of putting everyone's football identity of film," UT head coach Butch Jones said. "We tried to do a lot of things to change it up in terms of individual competitions and see who would respond, who would want to be in the limelight a little bit and see how they would respond with almost 70,000 people in the stands.
"(We had) explosive plays offensively. I think we really improved our throw game. But on the flip side of that, we were unacceptable defensively."
And while Saturday proved to be the offense's day, one duo in particular seemed to be the thorn in the defenses side throughout the contest: Joshua Dobbs and Josh Malone.
The two connected twice in the game for touchdowns, the first a 49-yard score coming with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter.
The second verse, though, was even better than the first.
With 7 seconds left to play in the third quarter, the sophomore signal caller uncorked a bomb to the true freshman wideout, who strolled into the end zone, capping off a 79-yard pitch-and-catch.
In total, the duo hooked up three times to the tune of a 153 yards.
"I felt like I did a good job executing the plays, and that's something I've been working on all spring," said Dobbs, who finished going 6-of-9 for 199 yards and four touchdowns, one of which was a 59-yard touchdown run. "Coach Jones always talks about consistency and performance, so not only me, but the entire offense had another good day, as we've had all spring.
"It was another great day to just continue building our style of play and continue to work on plays and execution."
But even after a standout day from Dobbs, Jones refused to comment on the quarterback competition, only stating it was "ongoing."
He was, however, proud of what he saw from each of his quarterbacks, as they combined to go 32-of-45 for 514 yards and six scores.
"(It is) night and day where we are at," Jones said. "I thought our quarterbacks were aggressive, they were decisive and they were confident in what they were seeing and that was great to see."
Defensively, though, the Vols didn't play up to their own expectations.
"It was a tough day for the defense," redshirt junior linebacker Curt Maggitt said. "We didn't play well. Last week, we played with more effort and more intensity.
"When we play as a whole, play as a unit, we are productive, but today wasn't a good day."
The reason for the letdown performance, though, wasn't hard to figure out.
"The biggest thing I was most disappointed with that we need to take strides in is our tackling," Jones said. "We have spent inordinate amount of time this spring in terms of tackling.
"On the positive side of it, we were in good position to make the tackles – everything is about body position – we just didn't make them."
With spring ball officially over, the Vols now turn their attention to the summer, where they will continue their preparation for the 2014 season that opens on Aug. 31 against Utah State.
"Moving forward we start the next phase of our program that's a new season," Jones said. "That's our summer strength and conditioning program. This is where I really believe teams are born, in the summer months with your leadership. It becomes a player-led football team.
"This next phase is critical... This has to be the best summer program that we've ever had as a coaching staff together."