5’10” 185 pounds
There are plenty of weapons for Mizzou the Vols will have to watch out for, even in the passing game. Luther Burden is a threat as a return specialist, and Barrett Banister can make plays too. However, Tennessee football will have to key in on Dominic Lovett more than anybody else, as he has easily been the most dominant receiver.
The Vols have clear issues in the secondary, as they have all year, and speedy wide receivers, which Lovett is, only make that worse. Despite being undersized, Lovett has 45 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns. Nobody else on the team has more than 300 receiving yards.
Against Kentucky, Lovett didn’t have any catches, but he had 10 catches for 148 yards against the South Carolina Gamecocks, Mizzou’s only convincing SEC win. As a result, the formula for them is pretty clear. They have to find a way to get the ball to Lovett as much as possible.
That’s exactly what Eli Drinkwtiz will try to do in this one, and Tim Banks needs to be ready. Multiple busted coverages cost the Vols last week at the Georgia Bulldogs, specifically Ladd McConkey, who snuck past them into the secondary for quite a few plays. They can’t let Lovett do that this weekend.