If Tennessee football is to rebound from its Georgia State Panthers loss against Brigham Young University, these UT Volunteers need to step up at Neyland.
Well it’s time for Tennessee football to find a way to put one of the worst losses in program history in the rearview mirror and look ahead. After losing to a Sun Belt team that went 2-10 last year, they have to find a way to beat a much better team in the Independent BYU Cougars.
As this legendary program from Utah heads to Rocky Top to meet UT for the first time in the history of the two schools, the Vols have lots of issues they need to work out. And they clearly have lots of players who need to step up.
Will Tennessee football get what it needs from its key players? That is the key question as they look to come back from such a devastating opener. And the mentality of these players is as important as their abilities.
Then there are the regular matchup problems that the BYU Cougars pose. We also have to break that down, and the combination of the two combined with the weaknesses of the issues we saw last week helps reveal which players need to step up this week.
In this post, we’re going to begin our weekly analysis of BYU by looking at the key Vols in this game. They are important because of what BYU presents and what personnel issues Jeremy Pruitt’s team is dealing with.
As usual, this list is based on players skills and what they can bring to the table against the specific opponent we are focusing on. Both of those things matter, and they now matter a great deal for the Vols given what happened last week.
If all these guys stand out on Saturday, then UT can rebound. But if they don’t, the issues will continue. So let’s break down who they are. These are the five key Vols who need to step up when Tennessee football faces the BYU Cougars.