Offensive grades part II
Wide receiver: D
Cedric Tillman and Jalin Hyatt both had over 60 yards receiving thanks to the underneath routes. However, Tennessee football’s receivers in general did little to help Hendon Hooker. The one interception Hooker threw was because Tillman lost a one-on-one matchup, and he and Bru McCoy rarely got separation, which contributed to those sacks.
Tight end: C
Jacob Warren did have three catches for 21 yards, and Princeton Fant had a five-yard catch. However, Fant struggled severely in pass-blocking, and while this grade could’ve gone up if a penalty hadn’t stopped what was clearly about to be a handoff to him for a score on a play, that blocking issue brings this grade all the way down to a C.
Offensive line: F
All of this falls on the middle to the left side of the line. There’s no way around it. They were awful. Jalen Carter, who has been banged up all year, came back and wrecked the Vols in the middle. Then there were all the blitz packages that they never picked up, which resulted in six sacks. Combine that with no established running game, and there were no positives here.
Overall offensive grade: D
They really only had 10 points, as the first field goal was set up by a fumble. Tennessee football’s offense was a huge problem all game. Georgia won every matchup on the line of scrimmage and at the skill positions, and the Vols added numerous mistakes to that.