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Chase McGrath nailed the game-winning field goal to beat Alabama, and all was forgiven. However, Tennessee football has had some issues with him kicking recently, and nobody’s noticed. McGrath missed an extra point against Alabama, and he then missed a 46-yard field goal against UT-Martin, so his play is getting slightly worse.
Paxton Brooks has also been a problem punting the ball. Neither of his punts went beyond 31 yards on Saturday, and he averaged an abysmal 28 yards a punt. Now, given the Vols’ offense, elite punting is usually not needed, but this isn’t the standard that has been expected of Brooks in the past, so this could be concerning against a team like Kentucky.
Solon Page III was a superstar in this one, coming away with two tackles for a loss and a sack. Aaron Beasley also recovered the fumble that Trevon Flowers forced. The week before, Jeremy Banks was consistently in Bryce Young’s face, a huge part of killing two Alabama drives. Simply put, UT’s linebackers have really shown out.
However, last year still makes it hard to believe they can keep this up. Tennessee football is better with Juwan Mitchell, even though he wasn’t in on Saturday, but it doesn’t seem like they’re going to keep this up, even if they still remain solid for the rest of the year.