There’s something about Jauan Jennings and Hail Marys.
The Tennessee sophomore receiver made one of the most iconic catches in Tennessee history against Georgia when he grabbed a Hail Mary pass from Joshua Dobbs to give the Vols a dramatic last-second 34-31 win over the Bulldogs on Oct. 1 of this year.
So when Kentucky sent the offense back on the field for a desperation pass situation at the end of the first half on Saturday, it wasn’t surprising to see the UT coaching staff turn to Jennings to make a cameo on defense.
Jennings and fellow receiver Josh Malone entered the game as deep safeties, and it was Jennings who went up in a crowd and made the interception to end the half and help make sure Kentucky stayed off the board on that possession.
Jauan Jennings, WR/QB/DB pic.twitter.com/g3aCjqe4P5
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) November 13, 2016
And while that was more of a situational play, Jennings has shown his versatility all season. He and Joshua Dobbs are the only two players on the team that have recorded a rush, a pass and a reception this season. Jennings took a carry out of the wildcat formation on Saturday against Kentucky.
The converted high school quarterback also threw his second career touchdown pass this year at Texas A&M. He’s also one of the best pure blockers on the team:
Dobbs with the nice escape. Jauan Jennings helps out with the block. pic.twitter.com/XSlwnzzOyJ
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) September 3, 2016
In addition to claiming his spot as one of the most clutch players in recent UT history, Jennings is also now proving to be one of the most versatile.