Tennessee Football Report Card: Grading the Vols in the Music City Bowl

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Dec 30, 2016; Nashville , TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws a pass against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 30, 2016; Nashville , TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws a pass against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee football put together a complete performance to beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 38-24. Here is the UT Volunteers’ report card from the game.

Where was this performance down the stretch of the season? Tennessee football dominated its third straight Big Ten opponent in a bowl game, as the Vols owned the Huskers 38-24.

Clearly, Butch Jones knows how to get his team ready to play when he has a month to prepare, as his program continues to do that each year.

In this game, anybody with eyes could see that the Vols had played nearly a perfect game with a few exceptions.

They dominated on both sides of the ball, and the stars stepped up to make plays when they needed to.

In the end, the Vols finished 9-4 for the second straight season thanks to this performance, and they’ll also likely have their second straight Top 25 finish, something they haven’t done since 2006 and 2007.

The performance was the result of lots of players doing their part and the key players changing the game and putting up huge numbers.

And although Nebraska was hit with key injuries in this game, the Vols managed to exploit some of their strengths.

We’ll get to that here as we grade each Tennessee unit on its performance in the Music City Bowl. As always, we’ll have an overall grade for each side of the ball, special teams, and coaching, and we’ll also grade the different units on those sides.

Here is the official Tennessee football report card after its 38-24 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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