Tennessee football’s top five performers in 63-38 loss at South Carolina

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A 25-point loss to a bad team in the SEC involved a lot of bad performances. Tennessee football put forth its worth defensive effort maybe ever, and the Vols got manhandled on the line of scrimmage. Somehow, though, they still managed to put up 38 points, and they were in the game until the fourth quarter.

That means that in spite of this horrendous performance, some players had to step up and make an impact, and indeed they did. A few fought tooth and nail to keep UT in this game and keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive, and despite how this ended, they deserve a shoutout.

As we get set to break down the top Vols performers in this game, it will be geared heavily toward playmakers. They were the ones keeping the Vols in the game, and the problem is they didn’t have help from the unsung hero positions. These are the top five Tennessee football  players in the Vols loss at South Carolina.

The best Tennessee football Volunteers performers at the Gamecocks were almost all offensive skill players.

Nov 19, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Bru McCoy (15) makes a touchdown reception against South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Darius Rush (28) in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

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Bru McCoy
Wide receiver r- Junior

3 catches for 19 yards, 1 TD

Making a key play can sometimes be all it takes to be on a list like this one, and Bru McCoy fits that criteria. In the first half, McCoy came down with a key touchdown reception that kept the Vols in the game through the third quarter, and the touchdown was all about him making a play more than anything anybody else did.

It was third down in the red zone. UT was trailing 35-17, and time was running out in the first half. Hendon Hooker threw a pass over the middle that was deflected and should’ve been intercepted. McCoy, maintaining his focus, jumped up and grabbed the ball in the air to score.

That cut South Carolina’s lead to 35-24 at halftime and at least gave Tennessee football a chance to come back in the second half. McCoy may have only had three catches and just 19 yards on the day, but all of his yards were hard-earned, and that was the most hard-earned touchdown maybe of the year, so he makes the list.

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