Jalin Hyatt was already a superstar, and he actually delivered an encore after his six catches for five touchdowns and over 200 yards against Alabama. He had seven catches for 174 yards against the UT-Martin Skyhawks, and that was just part of a historic day in which Tennessee football’s slot receivers took over.
In addition to Hyatt, Squirrel White came in and had five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. He should’ve had two, but Hendon Hooker underthrew him for on. Jimmy Holiday had a 38-yard grab, and Walker Merrill had a two catches for 41 yards. Ramel Keyton deserves a shoutout for his two touchdowns, but it was the slot receivers shining for the Vols.
For the third time in four games, the Vols had the SEC offensive lineman of the week. This time, Jerome Carvin earned the award, following Darnell Wright against Alabama and Javontez Spraggins against the Florida Gators. By far the most improved unit over last year, the Vols’ experience up front is really showing.
Once again, they went for over 200 yards running the ball, and they continue to be elite on short-yardage plays. Princeton Fant had two more touchdowns lining up at fullback in the I-formation, in addition to a touchdown pass he had to Hyatt, which makes him a part of both of these stocks. Hooker was sacked once, but largely, this group was elite again.