Stocks to sell
Marquez Callaway and Ty Chandler both generated headlines for their play in the return game Saturday against the Georgia State Panthers. And this was supposed to be a strength for Tennessee football. But Callaway was able to recover a fumble that he committed on one return, while Chandler, despite high averages, wasn’t great.
Overall, the Vols needed a big play from the return game on Saturday. This was the game for the unit to step up and be the mismatch that we thought it could be to start the season. Failing to do so, despite solid numbers, means it’s not the advantage it could have been, and that’s a disturbing trend for Rocky Top.
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Dominick Wood-Anderson had three catches for 79 yards in the Vols’ loss to the Georgia State Panthers. On the surface, those are good numbers. And he is clearly a mismatch at tight end, which should be a huge boost for the passing game. However, the issue may come down to in-game strategies fro the coaches.
Jim Chaney did not use Wood-Anderson nearly enough, and one of his catches went for 54 yards before he lost his balance and went out of bounds. That should have been a touchdown run. Another catch was to Austin Pope. The issue, though, remains the fact that Chaney and Jarrett Guarantano won’t use him enough, and that’s why this unit is a stock to sell.
Tennessee football has a lot of things to improve on, and the stocks that are struggling are clear. But stocks to sell after this game are a big issue because it means that these units are worse than they even looked. That’s where the major cause for concern this season comes in. The Vols clearly have lots of work to do to reverse these trends.