Offensive grades part II
Wide receiver: A+
Cedric Tillman was back, and although he was limited, he caught four passes for 22 yards, and he was a key decoy at times. Bru McCoy added to that decoy with six catches for 54 yards. That opened the door for another legendary performance by Jalin Hyatt, as he had five catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, standing out again.
Tight end: B+
Jacob Warren almost had a touchdown on a three-yard catch. Princeton Fant had an 11-yard grab and two-yard touchdown run. Both blocked well. However, Fant had a bad series on Tennessee football’s second offensive possession, highlight by an offensive pass interference. Although that call was highly questionable, it was enough for us to keep this grade from being an A.
Offensive line: A
Darnell Wright did an incredible job on the right side, and only one of the two sacks the Vols allowed was the offensive line’s fault. They paved the way for the Vols to have 177 rushing yards and did a great job protecting Hendon Hooker all night, so they easily get an A.
Overall offensive grade: A
Because of the constant short fields, Tennessee football only had 422 yards of total offense, but the Vols were dominant with the ball still. They also proved they could mount long drives in this game, as their second touchdown drive took 15 plays, a huge boost for them going forward.