6’3″ 245 pounds
We opened this post talking about how important it is for Tennessee football to get to the quarterback because of what Will Levis can do. Our last slide was about what must be done in the secondary to slow him down. Now we discuss where the Vols’ biggest advantage is.
Like Tyler Baron, Byron Young is on here for the ultimate need to get to the quarterback. Beyond the Vols needing to do that, this is a huge opportunity for them to do that. Kentucky is far and away the worst team in the SEC at preventing sacks. They have allowed 26 on the year, more than three and a half a game, making them No. 125 in fewest sacks allowed per game.
Young has been relatively quiet the past two weeks, but he was SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week against the Pittsburgh Panthers and at the LSU Tigers. He already has four and a half tackles for a loss, three and a half sacks and 16 total tackles, nine of which were solo.
This is the game where Young could make history. Honestly, it’ll be a disappointment if he doesn’t have a record-setting performance here. We’re talking Reggie White against The Citadel in 1983. Tennessee football needs Young to be that level of dominant because it’s the biggest way they can gain an edge. As a result, he’s the most important Vol in this game.