6’0″ 185 pounds
Sure, they have to work the intermediate passing game and run the ball well. However, Tennessee football will still have a chance to take some deep shots down the field. With Joe Milton III at quarterback, you can’t waste such a big arm and not take those shots. That’s where the speedy big-play guys come in.
Enter Jalin Hyatt. Largely due to some inaccurate passes but also because of how South Carolina played him, Hyatt had the quietest six catches for 65 yards ever. He had no touchdowns for the second time in three weeks, and it was clear South Carolina wasn’t going to let him burn them deep. They sacrificed other players to stop him.
Honestly, Vanderbilt doesn’t have that luxury. They are significantly worse than South Carolina, and if the Vols don’t fall behind and start to get desperate, Vandy will also have a lot more to cover given how complete this offense is. That should allow for Hyatt to go off in this one.
He already has the Tennessee football single-season record for touchdowns. Now, he’s 117 yards away from the single-season school record for receiving yards. This is the game where Hyatt should be able to shatter that record. South Carolina had a relatively decent pass defense. Vanderbilt’s is awful, and the Vols should exploit that.