All year long, there was talk about Tennessee football’s rush defense surpassing expectations, and it was because of the work of the defensive tackles. They took a step forward despite the losses of Matthew Butler, Caleb Tremblay and Ja’Quain Blakely, and Omari Thomas, who emerged late last year, was leading the way.
Well, while Thomas remains a star, he was shown to have help over the weekend, as LaTrell Bumphus and Bryson Eason both came through. The interior of the Vols’ defensive line was not the problem in this one. They did everything they could to slow down Georgia’s highly efficient offense, and they made some plays in the process.
A wheel route and a busted coverage were responsible for two of the touchdowns. Outside of that, Tim Banks called a perfect game over the weekend. He’s been calling great games for the Vols all year but has been flying under the radar because of how good the offense has been, so he deserves a shoutout for this one.
Many of Banks’ blitz packages have been spot on, even if they didn’t work. Sure, it was partially due to them calling off the dawgs, but the Vols only allowed 27 points on the day, so you can’t ignore that Banks mostly did his job. Combine that with six against the Kentucky Wildcats, and he deserves some respect.