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This has consistently been a strong unit, and it was that once again on Saturday. Omari Thomas, Da’Jon Terry, Byron Young and Tyler Baron accounted for Tennessee football’s four sacks in Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Vols held the Wildcats as a team to under four yards a carry.
However, they were getting torched on the ground by Chris Rodriguez Jr. on the second drive. Only after Rodriguez got hurt, which was revealed Monday, did the Vols’ rush defense really take over. It’s also worth noting that they didn’t start racking up their sacks until the second half, when UK had obvious passing downs. Cracks are starting to show here, so watch out.
Again this is nitpicking, but Princeton Fant had another bad drive. He was called for an offensive pass interference on the second drive that, while questionable, wasn’t the first time he’s had such a penalty. Those types of mistakes could prove costly against Georgia, and playing with fire like that is a recipe for creating a huge problem.
It’s a bit forgotten about since Fant had a third straight game with at least one touchdown run. He also had an 11-yard catch. Jacob Warren got close to the end zone with a three-yard catch. However, that’s masking some of the mistakes Tennessee football’s tight ends, particularly Fant, is vulnerable to in a game, so this could become a problem.