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The Replay: Joe Milton breaks down Orange Bowl performance

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The Replay: Joe Milton breaks down Orange Bowl performance

Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton takes part in the second episode of ‘The Replay,’ which is a collaborative series between Aspyre Media Group, Spyre Sports Group and Volquest where some of the most famous plays or performances in Tennessee athletics history are broken down in a film room setting.

Milton’s performance against Clemson in the New Year’s Six bowl game was inspiring as the second-year Volunteer completed 19-of-28 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns while filling in for an injured Hendon Hooker, who tore his ACL against South Carolina in November.

All three of the quarterback’s touchdown throws went to three different receivers.

The first was a 16-yard strike to Bru McCoy in the first quarter that was the first score of the ballgame, capping a 12-play, 75-yard drive by Tennessee. With just five seconds remaining in the third quarter, Milton connected with Squirrel White in the back of the end zone on a 14-yard throw that put the Vols up 21-6. The final touchdown was a 46-yard bomb down the sideline to Ramel Keyton at the 8:34 mark of the fourth quarter that handed the Vols a two-touchdown lead at 28-14.  

Milton completed 53-of-82 passes on the year for 971 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions while starting two games for Hooker and playing late in seven other contests during mop up duty. He’s the expected starter for the Vols in 2023, which will be his third season a part of Josh Heupel’s system.   

In the production above, Volquest’s Eric Cain walks through each one of Milton’s touchdowns against Clemson as the quarterback outlines why each play worked to perfection.

Joe Milton’s NIL brand

Milton re-signed his NIL deal with The Volunteer Club back in January, basically announcing he would be back in Knoxville for his final year of college eligibility.

Run by Spyre Sports Group, the NIL collective supports Tennessee student-athletes through a monthly membership program. To date, it’s distributed more than $4.5 million to athletes. As part of Milton’s deal with the Vol Club, he has made appearances at a number of events.

“That was announcing we had re-signed Joe,” Spyre’s Hunter Baddour previously told On3. “He’ll make a number of appearances and social media posts for us. It’s a little symbolic. We’re taking care of Joe.”

He’s also participated in an event back in March at Dick’s House of Sport in Knoxville with Shedeur Sanders hosted by the Brady brand. The two quarterbacks hosted a youth camp at the facility after speaking on a panel.

Coming out of this spring, it’s clear Milton will be starting for Tennessee when it opens the season on Sept. 2 against Virginia. In the Orange-and-White game, he looked calm throwing for 79 yards and a touchdown. He has the trust of the Tennessee locker room and coaching staff entering Year 3 in Knoxville.

It’s why he now has a $549,000 On3 NIL Valuation. The quarterback’s valuation has increased by $99,000 since the start of spring ball. He now ranks No. 52 in the college football NIL rankings. His valuation is No. 85 in the On3 NIL 100, which is the first of its kind and defacto NIL ranking of the top 100 high school and college athletes ranked by their On3 NIL Valuation.

Joe Milton now has 87,000 social media followers between Instagram and Twitter, too. His following has slightly jumped this spring, now in the spotlight as Tennessee’s quarterback.

The post The Replay: Joe Milton breaks down Orange Bowl performance appeared first on On3.

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