Field goal kicking
Chase McGrath is having a rough go. He missed his second extra point in three weeks Saturday. Then he missed a 37-yard field goal against Kentucky. If you take away that 40-yard game-winning field goal to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide, which admittedly will go down in history, he has had some serious issues kicking.
In fact, even that field goal was an ugly kick that barely sailed through. McGrath was once reliable, and Tennessee football needs him to be automatic on extra points and field goals within 40 yards. That’s becoming an issue. The Vols need to fix it to have a chance at the Georgia Bulldogs.
Ability to finish drives
Speaking of things you can’t do against Georgia, the Vols had one unique problem emerge against Kentucky, and that was the inability to finish drives near midfield or in Kentucky territory. Two of the Vols’ three interceptions flipped the field, but one ended in a punt, and the other ended in a missed field goal.
Rocky Top got to the Kentucky 11-yard line in another drive that they were forced to settle for a field goal. On another drive in the second half, they got to the Kentucky 24-yard line, and a sack on Hendon Hooker killed the drive, eventually forcing them to punt. They had to punt twice due to sacks, which was a problem.