The Tennessee defense checked off pretty much everything on its list.
Tackles for loss? The Vols picked up nine of them.
Playing time for the young guys? Seemingly the entire roster had a chance to make a hit.
Big plays? Prentiss Waggner gave UT a huge one to cap off its 50-0 blowout against UT Martin in the season opener on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium, picking off his first career pass and taking it 54 yards for a score.
If the Vols were looking for an ego boost defensively heading into a brutal two-week stretch against ranked opponents, it got everything it could have wanted in the shutout of the Skyhawks. Of course, the same is true for Oregon's offense after it decimated New Mexico 72-0, and something will have to give when the No. 11 Ducks come to town Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 7 p.m.).
"I mean, they scored 72 points and didn't punt the ball and shut the team out," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "They looked pretty awesome.
"I don't know (how much playing UT Martin helped). I'm sure we'll look at the film and see we made a lot of mistakes that we're going to have to correct. That's a hard one to answer. . . . I know the team we're playing beat a team by about 70-something, didn't they? How's that for confident?"
The Ducks were piling up those points against a higher level of competition than the one UT faced, but neither figures to enter the week with any shaky nerves or uncertainty.
Oregon obviously had no trouble moving the ball and also racked up 720 yards of offense, and it showed no signs of struggling without former Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Jeremiah Masoli running its high-powered attack. And though the Skyhawks won't be confused with the Ducks anytime soon, Dooley's defense opened on the right foot by giving up just three first downs, a measly 142 yards of total offense and grabbing a couple interceptions - the last of which wasn't exactly a strength for the Vols a year ago.
"What I was most proud of defensively was we played with real good energy, and we did not have a lot of pre-snap mental errors and we tackled well in space," Dooley said. "Those three things right there are why we played well, because we were obviously a more talented team.
"We didn't go out and hurt ourselves, we lined up where we needed to line up, we executed what we needed to execute and we tackled well - so that was what I was pleased about on the defense."
The offense didn't give Dooley much to really worry about other than a rough second quarter, though the Vols have chalked that up to a valuable learning experience for a new offensive line and a first-time starter under center in Matt Simms.
UT's offense surely won't draw many comparisons with Oregon's, either, but as long as it continues to get help on the other side of the ball it could have a shot to at least keep pace with it.
"It was great to get the shutout, because we haven't had one since we've been here," defensive end Chris Walker said. "It just feels good for our program to get off on the right foot. We know that after we watch this film, we have to prepare well for Oregon.
"Oh, we already know the bar has been raised."