Offensive play-calling: A
A 15-play scoring drive put Josh Heupel’s and Alex Golesh’s ability to adjust on display. Tennessee football also caught Kentucky off guard and managed to get Jalin Hyatt open for a busted coverage on both touchdown passes. That’s on the play-calling. However, a couple of drives stalled because of risky pass plays they dialed up, which is why this isn’t an A.
Defensive play-calling: A+
Was there any other grade. Tim Banks has been underrated all year, and in this one, he called a perfect game. Sure, Kentucky’s running game got the best of the Vols on one drive, but it wasn’t nearly enough to sustain for the whole game. Banks knew not to make any adjustments and to trust his linebackers to play sharper. In the process, the defense was legendary.
Overall head coaching grade: A+
Outside of a couple of questions with the offensive play-calling, Heupel’s coaching was perfect, and as the head coach, he did exactly what he needed to do. Tennessee football was in danger of looking ahead to Georgia next week, but Heupel made sure to keep them focused all game.
On top of that, Heupel made sure they played a relatively clean game. They had no turnovers and only six penalties for 50 yards, way better than what they usually do. Add in two fourth down conversion on one drive, and it’s safe to say head coaching was perfect for the Vols.