Tennessee-Cincinnati Game in Review
If that wasn't a perfect game under center, Tyler Bray was about as close as anybody can get. The sophomore completed 34 of 41 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns, added a sneak for a score and wasn't sacked. There aren't many passers doing it better right now.
Running backs B-
Tauren Poole snuck over the 100-yard mark and averaged nearly 5 yards per carry, but the senior is not yet getting enough help. Marlin Lane and Rajion Neal both put the ball on the ground, and collectively the yards per carry were still down at 3.6.
Wide receivers/tight ends A
Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers have made it look easy through two games, and they took turns abusing the Bearcats in the secondary. The sophomores combined for 20 catches, and Mychal Rivera was invaluable in the middle of the field with six grabs.
Offensive line B+
The pass protection continues to be fantastic for Bray, with the line giving its quarterback all the time he could need to carve up the Bearcats. There also appeared to be some holes in the running game that might have been missed. Count Week Two as a step forward.
Defensive line A-
The Vols might not have put many sacks on the board, but they were able to get in the face of Bearcats quarterback Zach Collaros and force some poor throws. The line also got great push on some critical short-yardage downs to turn the tide.
There were some alignment issues at times, but Austin Johnson was able to help straighten things out and lead the team with six tackles as the Vols did a decent job against a versatile offense. A.J. Johnson only made one tackle, but it was a big one on fourth-and-1 in the second quarter.
Justin Coleman will have another busted coverage to look at on film this week, and the coverage wasn't anything special for the Vols. But Brent Brewer was able to step up and make some critical tackles at safety and UT generally defended the spread well on the perimeter.
Special teams B
Michael Palardy missed his first field-goal attempt of the season, but the sophomore more than made up for it with a perfectly executed onside kick that he recovered. The return game was solid on kickoffs, but the punt unit was penalized and gave up a lot of field position.
The Vols made a few subtle changes in the lineup, including the surprise addition of Ben Bartholomew at fullback. Pretty much everything worked, starting with the gutsy call to kick it onside in the early stages of the game.
UT is undefeated through two weeks, and it got there against a team that wasn't exactly a pushover. The Vols are certainly building towards a bigger challenge next week, but it's hard to deny there's momentum on their side considering the way the offense is operating.