Zach Wilson looked horrible last weekend against the Utah Utes, throwing two interceptions for touchdowns. But he still completed 21-of-33 passes for over 200 yards, and don’t forget that he didn’t throw an incompletion in a bowl game last year. So he is very good through the air and incredibly tough to deal with.
Meanwhile, Tennessee football was horrible in stopping Dan Ellington when the Georgia State Panthers needed a pass over the weekend. As a result, a senior leader for the Vols in the secondary needs to show his senior leadership. We’re talking, of course, about Nigel Warrior, the guy who keeps everybody in line.
As the strong safety, Warrior’s job is to contain mobile quarterbacks. He clearly was awful at doing that last week, but he’s got to get back to what he usually did on those fronts this week. Wilson is another mobile quarterback, and he did rush for 43 yards last week. Jeremy Pruitt exaggerated comparing him to Johnny Manziel, but the guy is very good.
And the one guy who can make sure he doesn’t go off is Warrior, who has a huge role to play in containing a dynamic offense directed by a mobile quarterback. He’s got to make up for what happened last week. Yes, he didn’t have any help from the defensive line, but that only puts more pressure on him to deliver.