Tennessee trailed Georgia Tech, 28-14, with 12:32 remaining in the fourth quarter Monday night and were facing a third-and-9 from their own 39-yard line. ESPN gave the Vols a 4.6 percent chance of winning the game.
"I was a [little] nervous, but I know the game is not over until you hit 0:00," Tennessee commit Shocky Jacques-Louis told HERO Sports this week.
On the next play Vols' quarterback Quinten Dormady dumped a screen pass to John Kelly, who scampered 10 yards for a first down. Seconds later Dormady connected with Marquez Callaway on a 50-yard touchdown and suddenly Tennessee trailed by just a touchdown with more than 11 minutes left. Kelly sent the game to overtime with an 11-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter and scored in each of the two overtime periods, the latter of was a two-yard touchdown that ultimately proved to be the game-winner.
Technically it wasn't over when the clock hit all zeroes but Jacques-Louis, a three-star 2018 recruit from Fort Myers, Fla., was still right; it was definitely not over before then either.
"You just trust the coaching staff," he said of a staff he says he has a great relationship with. "…The ability to keep the players poised and focused, so it's a better chance of executing a play."
Jacques-Louis is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver from Dunbar High School who originally committed to Kentucky last April but pulled it back in June and picked Tennessee a few weeks ago. He is the 96th-ranked receiver in the country and No. 525 overall recruit (247ports) and is part of a 23-man class that ranked sixth in the country and first in the SEC.