Think about how impressive Tennessee football was offensively Saturday. The Vols have been setting offensive records for two and a half years under Josh Heupel, and with that level of competition, they still scored their most points ever in a game under Heupel Saturday as they beat the UT-Martin Skyhawks 65-24.
Taking that into account, it’s pretty clear that the Vols, now 7-0 overall, relied on their offensive weapons to win the game. The defense did make some big plays, to be fair, but as we get set to break down the standout players from Rocky Top, offense stole the show on the day.
That’s not really a surprise when you look at the health, personnel and system, but Saturday was more heavily skewed towards offensive players than usual. Players who stood out the most were the ones who made the bulk of the plays when the game was in check. Here were the top five performers for Tennessee football against UT-Martin.
These were Tennessee football’s best players in the Volunteers’ victory over the Skyhawks.
5 catches, 77 yards, 2 TDs
He’s been making key catch after key catch for the Vols all year, but Ramel Keyton has been consistently flying under the radar. Cedric Tillman was racking up the stats early on, and after he got hurt, Bru McCoy seemed to take his place. Jalin Hyatt was always the star in the slot. However, Keyton was always there on the other side at wideout.
Finally, he got his due on Saturday. Keyton caught two touchdown passes, and they were both in the first half, when the game was not yet fully in hand. His first big grab was a 38-yard catch to set the Vols up at the one for their second touchdown of the game. That should’ve been a score.
On the next drive, Keyton caught a pass over the middle in the end zone for an eight-yard score while heavily covered, demonstrating his receiving ability. He later caught a 17-yard touchdown pass. Tennessee football has been relying heavily on Keyton over the past few weeks, and he was finally able to steal a few headlines Saturday.