6 catches for 63 yards
It felt like we had to name somebody on offense, even if nobody really deserved credit. Cedric Tillman was Tennessee football’s leading receiver with seven catches for 68 yards, but he let Kelee Ringo beat him one-on-one down the field for an interception when Hendon Hooker threw it up looking for him to make a play.
Jaylen Wright had 21 carries for 69 yards and scored their only touchdown, but he was awful in pass protection and also had that fumble. Hooker just didn’t do nearly enough. As a result, we had to, by default, go to a usual suspect for the best offensive player in the game.
Although his six catches for 63 yards was a significant drop-off, Jalin Hyatt had Georgia’s All-American safeties on him throughout the game. However, he still came through on lots of key catches on underneath routes. Two of his catches and 11 of his yards came on the Vols’ first field goal drive, which was necessary for them to score any points.
Then Hyatt had the longest catch of the day in the fourth quarter. On 4th and 10, he had a 28-yard grab to set up Wright’s touchdown run, their only score of the game. With such a key play like that, he did just enough to be the one key offensive player on this list.