Tennessee Takes Opening Play to the House Against Kentucky

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    Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker warming up against Kentucky. Photo by Tennessee Athletics.

    Well, that didn’t take very long at all.

    On the first offensive play of the game, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker threw a screen pass to his left, hitting wide receiver JaVonta Payton. As Payton caught the ball, he made a few moves near the sideline in order to get around a few Kentucky defenders. Then, it was off to the races.

    Hooker’s pass to Payton on the first play of the game went for a 75-yard touchdown as Payton outran the entire Kentucky defense.

    With the open week in the rearview mirror, Tennessee’s players continued to preach all week long how fresh their legs and bodies felt.

    Payton must have been ready to run after not playing last week, too. After taking the pass from Hooker, Payton flipped on the jets and took off down the field.

    The Tennessee Vols’ game against Kentucky is still in progress. The Vols and the Wildcats are tied at 7-7, without about six minutes remaining in the first quarter at the time of this publication.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.