Jonathan Crompton came out like the practice version of himself. The senior had a chance to revert back to game form with an interception in the third quarter but didn't get rattled. It was easily Crompton's most impressive performance of the season, completing 20 of 27 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns. He was more accurate and a better decision-maker, living up to the faith the coaching staff has in him.
Running backs B+
The tailbacks didn't have to do the heavy lifting for once. But all they've done over the first five games certainly set up play-action. Montario Hardesty had another big afternoon, rushing for 97 yards and an electric 39-yard touchdown. Fullbacks Austin Johnson and Kevin Cooper combined for three catches for 20 yards.
Wide Receivers A+
Gerald Jones exploded - in a good way. Denarius Moore provided a highlight-reel staple with a diving touchdown from 5 yards out after breaking a tackle on a short catch. Luke Stocker was again a reliable security blanket at tight end. The Vols finally put it all together on the perimeter, clearing up some alignment and route issues to crank up the offense.
Offensive line A
Crompton had all day to throw and wasn't sacked. The running game was productive, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. The Vols have been forced to rotate guys around up front, but right now they appear to have a steady, productive rotation.
Defensive Line A
Chris Walker made another superstar play when he intercepted a pass that was tipped by fellow end Gerald Williams after one of two hurries by tackle Dan Williams, who also had a tackle for a loss.
Rico McCoy led the Vols with nine tackles and had a pass break up and a hurry. Savion Frazier and LaMarcus Thompson had a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. The group was great in zone coverage.
Safety Eric Berry was spectacular once again with an athletic 46-yard fumble return that was created by cornerback Art Evans' hard hit. The Vols made adjustments throughout, essentially shutting down the best player in the SEC not named Tebow. A.J. Green never got free and had just 60 yards on eight catches. Dennis Rogan intercepted a ball that Joe Cox was trying to throw away. Rogan also had a tackle for a loss.
Special teams F
Lane Kiffin simply called the unit "pathetic." It was hard to argue. The Vols gave up another kickoff return for a touchdown, had a punt blocked for a safety and looked lost trying to field punts - even after spending all week trying to shore up in the return game.
The Vols out-coached Georgia on offense and defense. But special teams are really bad and will cost UT a game soon if it doesn't improve.
This certainly wasn't perfect but with the season at a crossroad, the Vols took the right path.