Tyler Bray would like to have some do-overs

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has been very good the past two weeks, but he hasn't been flawless. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said there a handful of plays that Bray would like to do over.

"I feel like he has played with a measured amount of discipline," Chaney said Wednesday. "There's always two or three plays in the last couple of weeks that we would have liked to have back. But it's better than six or seven. I feel like he's played with more discipline or calm in the last few weeks."Bray has thrown for 898 passing yards, nine touchdowns and one interception in the past two games against South Carolina and Troy.

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Linebacker Curt Maggitt is "getting there," but is still limited from the effects of toe and shoulder injuries, defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said.

Both injuries are unlikely to be 100 percent until after the season.

After an impressive freshman season, Maggitt has struggled at times in 2012.

"Curt has been battling some injuries — a shoulder and everything else — and it's been hard on him," Sunseri said. "The kid does a great job. He goes out there and practices, but until it becomes clockwork, until it becomes second nature to get your hands on somebody, snapping them off and going to make a play, that becomes an issue."

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley made a brief appearance on Wednesday's SEC coaches' teleconference and again promised "significant changes" in the defense for Saturday's game against Missouri at Neyland Stadium. He said the Vols' focus is the same as it was last week, getting a win "any way we could do it."

"This is obviously an important game for us and there's a lot at stake," he said. "We're trying to get our first SEC win. We have played well in this league but haven't gotten the W. We're playing a team who is playing really well now.

"Our team has kept their focus pretty good. The reality is they know what's at stake and certainly going to the bowl game is a big deal. It's still out there and it's our opportunity to take advantage of it."

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Rajion Neal might not be ready to reclaim his old job as every-down tailback, but he's closer than he was a week ago.

Neal came off the bench and played in limited action last week against Troy after missing two weeks with an ankle injury.

"He looks better than last week," said running backs coach Jay Graham. "That's the thing: It's a steady improvement. You'd like for him to improve really fast, but with ankle injuries it takes a while. But he's feeling a lot better this week and he's practiced well."

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Offensive tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson tweeted Wednesday that he had his knee drained. "Lots of fluid," he said.

Richardson told reporters earlier in the week that he was playing through a meniscus injury.

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Missouri's Marcus Murphy has a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and three punt returns for touchdowns, making him one of the nation's most dangerous returners.

Tennessee special teams coach Charlie Coiner has watched Murphy's highlights with trepidation.

"You all talk about how good our coverage units are. As a coach, I think we're only as good as our last cover," Coiner said. "If we let this No. 6 (Murphy) starts changing up directions on us and we don't get down there, you're not going to be talking to me about how good our coverage teams are. That's the life you live in the SEC."

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

TB: If only I could get that beer bottle toss do-over..Nothing but dumpster, Baby!!

Orangeblood13 writes:

Come on man, your a better poster than that

Living in Missouri as I do, I hope they put a thrashing on the tigers

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

As bad as the losses on the field have been this year....nothing compares to what our country lost last night. Sigh!

Come on Vols.....neuter the Tigers and give us something to feel good about.

Vols 34
Mizzou 17

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Agree. If Obama gets a do-over, Bray should, too. (Sorry, had to.)

WhiteHotBleedOrange writes:

Most of us penciled this in as a W long ago...not so much now. This game will go a long way to the success/failure of the 2012 season.
GBO

roloyo writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

TB: If only I could get that beer bottle toss do-over..Nothing but dumpster, Baby!!

Personally, I think he was trying off the car, off the mailbox, and then nothing but dumpster. But he ran out of mulligans, so we'll never know.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to roloyo:

Personally, I think he was trying off the car, off the mailbox, and then nothing but dumpster. But he ran out of mulligans, so we'll never know.

Very good..LMAO!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

As bad as the losses on the field have been this year....nothing compares to what our country lost last night. Sigh!

Come on Vols.....neuter the Tigers and give us something to feel good about.

Vols 34
Mizzou 17

Don't remind me, 76..Jimmy Carter was a mistake we didn't make twice, so, what were these voters thinking?? Anyway, GBO!

underthehill writes:

in response to pj_ladyvolnMI:

Agree. If Obama gets a do-over, Bray should, too. (Sorry, had to.)

No you did not have to..this is not a political site..and I think KNS has removed some who have used it as such..

underthehill writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Don't remind me, 76..Jimmy Carter was a mistake we didn't make twice, so, what were these voters thinking?? Anyway, GBO!

This is not a political site..

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

in response to underthehill:

No you did not have to..this is not a political site..and I think KNS has removed some who have used it as such..

Sincerely sorry to offend you. I honestly thought it was funny. Not trying to be political...I don't like that either. It won't happen again.

bhenry writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

As bad as the losses on the field have been this year....nothing compares to what our country lost last night. Sigh!

Come on Vols.....neuter the Tigers and give us something to feel good about.

Vols 34
Mizzou 17

Remember you could always leave the country for the next four years. Nobody is making you stay.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

Bray is averaging 312 yards per game. He is now right at 1,000 yards short of Peyton's all-time single-season yardage record. With four games to go (probably), he could well be the new leader after this year. I'm pulling for him. Peyton has plenty of records.

The single-season attempts, completions and TDs records are also within reach.

Patterson84 writes:

Our DEFENSE Sucks!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

with no signature wins left this year he needs to stay another year to prove he can do it

JayTee writes:

Maybe we can get Dooley over and hire a winning coach.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

with no signature wins left this year he needs to stay another year to prove he can do it

You have the ACC power NCS and Troy. Take your pick and hopefully Slash shows up in Tuscaloosa next yr for another BEATDOWN....

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Bray is averaging 312 yards per game. He is now right at 1,000 yards short of Peyton's all-time single-season yardage record. With four games to go (probably), he could well be the new leader after this year. I'm pulling for him. Peyton has plenty of records.

The single-season attempts, completions and TDs records are also within reach.

Whoopdedoo, likley a losing season with wins over no team with a winning record, so let's whoop it up for Bray, guess that's all we got.

And yes, when the D is as bad as ours is this year, any QB will not have many signature wins. But Bray doesn't have one from 2010 or 2011 either. And IF we win Saturday vs Mo who is 4-5 (1-5 SEC), we still won't have the big win after 3 years.

Peyton won many games vs ranked teams, Bray has yet to win 1. So let's not get too excited about the stats vs the likes of ga state (1-9), troy (4-5) and akron (1-9), and losses against every team that is not a cupcake. The main number - wins - is terrible.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

People cant be picking and choosing what they like and do not like when everything is connected. You cannot tell me that you dont like the coaching or dont like the players or dont like the attitude or dont like the performances, when all of these things are tied together.

If you want to complain about Bray, then how do you explain ANY wins? Against ANY competition? If there was no quality to the team, do you honestly think we could have won even against Troy?

Yes, the defense is bad, but that can be (and probably is) a combination of things, not just bad play, not just bad scheme, not just any one thing. If the players arent good enough, or the playcalling isnt good enough, there is no way our defense would have been able to stop Troy several times in the 4th quarter. Yes, we gave up a historic number of yards, but our defense and our staff showed that the ability to make the stops is there.

Someone is throwing the ball to someone, someone is catching the ball, someone is making the blocks,someone is running the football...without these things happening, we couldnt have scored as many points as we have all season.

So stop the selective criticism, and let the coaches and administration do what they need to do. Voicing displeasure at losses is one thing (and I am sure everyone knows we dont like losing), but again and again going after individuals just gets old..and is not at all constructive.

Colts_VolFan writes:

"significant changes to the defense"? How many times can you actually do that? Expect more of the same and hope we get the ball last.

RememberWhen writes:

DoLittle has a HUGE surprise for Mizzou....those "significant" changes he's talking about involves going back to THIRTEEN players on the field! That should be enough to git er done! What a clown the man is!

Ironcity writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Whoopdedoo, likley a losing season with wins over no team with a winning record, so let's whoop it up for Bray, guess that's all we got.

And yes, when the D is as bad as ours is this year, any QB will not have many signature wins. But Bray doesn't have one from 2010 or 2011 either. And IF we win Saturday vs Mo who is 4-5 (1-5 SEC), we still won't have the big win after 3 years.

Peyton won many games vs ranked teams, Bray has yet to win 1. So let's not get too excited about the stats vs the likes of ga state (1-9), troy (4-5) and akron (1-9), and losses against every team that is not a cupcake. The main number - wins - is terrible.

The irony in your statement is that people said Manning did not have any signature wins. They all pointed to 4 losses to UF. His legacy was tarnished until he won that super bowl. You will respond with all sorts of games that Manning won but remember thats the reason he did not win the Heisman.

Lets focus on the play of Bray and realize he is a heck of a player. Without him this team loses two more games this year and probably 4 more the previous two years. The kids good. I don't have to compare him to anybody. If the defense was any good we would be raving about how he lit up GA, SC, Miss St. and how he came into his own. Instead we focus on the last plays of each game that should not have been close.

PS Bray led us to a late score against NC (which would have been a great win). NC got the ball back with less then 35 seconds and zipped right down the field. That would have been Brays first late drive victory and probably would have helped him down the road but somehow our defense managed to let NC goes the length of the field in seconds. Probably the second sign (the LSU debacle was the first sign) of things to come.

JDX47 writes:

Did you all see that USC was fined for deflating their footballs in the Oregon game to gain and advantage? Kiffin is piece of work...this after a couple weeks back they did a jersey number switch (which they were reprimanded for) with a back up quarterback and punter and used the player to convert a 2 point conversion.

Slimeball

Einstein writes:

You do not get Do Overs in college football.

JDX47 writes:

in response to Patterson84:

Our DEFENSE Sucks!!

You didn't hear? Dooley is focusing on the defense now...we're good to go!!!

JDX47 writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Bray is averaging 312 yards per game. He is now right at 1,000 yards short of Peyton's all-time single-season yardage record. With four games to go (probably), he could well be the new leader after this year. I'm pulling for him. Peyton has plenty of records.

The single-season attempts, completions and TDs records are also within reach.

With all due respect to Bray, our defense gets off the field so fast, he has substantially more opportunities to run plays. Of course, our defense is off the field fast because it allows others to cut through it so fast that the offense barely gets any rest. That's the real impressive thing about our offense, they are in tremendous shape because the defense keeps the offense hoppin'.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to WhiteHotBleedOrange:

Most of us penciled this in as a W long ago...not so much now. This game will go a long way to the success/failure of the 2012 season.
GBO

Totally agree..This game feels a lot like the MSU game..Offensively and statically Troy has a better offense then Mizzo..I think fans just looked at Troy as a small, weaker school but reality is that they have a excellent multiple offense smart OC and the talent at QB and WR to do whatever the defense gives and be successful..Mizzo's QB and WR's are no better than Troy.. Mizzo has a very good fast pass rush and if Tiny and the OLine can hold them off like against So Car. We will score points.

JonGrudensAgent writes:

Bray is easily the the best QB this school has seen since Casey Clausen and the most physically gifted since Manning.

Martin had the running ability but I don't think he had anywhere near the repertoire to make any throw like Bray does.

Hope he does well in the draft in April.

tennezz writes:

in response to bhenry:

Remember you could always leave the country for the next four years. Nobody is making you stay.

Remember you ask for it so bend over and get ready for it!

JDX47 writes:

in response to JonGrudensAgent:

Bray is easily the the best QB this school has seen since Casey Clausen and the most physically gifted since Manning.

Martin had the running ability but I don't think he had anywhere near the repertoire to make any throw like Bray does.

Hope he does well in the draft in April.

Got to give it to us. Over the years, we have had some really strong quarterbacks. Thinking back to the string of QBs we had it is a nice trip down memory lane:

Jimmy Streater, Steve Alatorre, Alan Cockrell,
Tony Robinson, Jeff Francis, Andy Kelly, Heath Shuler, (won't count Todd Helton), Manning, Martin, Casey Clausen, and even Erik Aigne (don't count Notre Dame game and a few others), and even Crompton went pro.

Can't really blame our coaches for quarterback recruiting and development over the years!

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to Ironcity:

The irony in your statement is that people said Manning did not have any signature wins. They all pointed to 4 losses to UF. His legacy was tarnished until he won that super bowl. You will respond with all sorts of games that Manning won but remember thats the reason he did not win the Heisman.

Lets focus on the play of Bray and realize he is a heck of a player. Without him this team loses two more games this year and probably 4 more the previous two years. The kids good. I don't have to compare him to anybody. If the defense was any good we would be raving about how he lit up GA, SC, Miss St. and how he came into his own. Instead we focus on the last plays of each game that should not have been close.

PS Bray led us to a late score against NC (which would have been a great win). NC got the ball back with less then 35 seconds and zipped right down the field. That would have been Brays first late drive victory and probably would have helped him down the road but somehow our defense managed to let NC goes the length of the field in seconds. Probably the second sign (the LSU debacle was the first sign) of things to come.

Agree with your lsu point and also well aware of Peyton's legacy as I attended many of games while he was at UT. And note I wrote "games against ranked teams" and not "signature", there is a big difference. To jump to the conclusion he did not win the Heisman because of no signature wins is not the whole story. There was an active espn campaign for the jughead at michigan.

Also also well aware of all the ifs, buts, couldas, shouldas, and wouldas, including IF Bray had led the team to more scores many games would have been Ws and the shouldas and couldas would not even be a factor.

I am glad he is here, 'hope' he leads us to our first 2012 SEC victory and does not get rattled Saturday, cuz if he does we know what could happen.

A strong game from him and a step up on the D side and we should win, but if ...

JDX47 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

The irony in your statement is that people said Manning did not have any signature wins. They all pointed to 4 losses to UF. His legacy was tarnished until he won that super bowl. You will respond with all sorts of games that Manning won but remember thats the reason he did not win the Heisman.

Lets focus on the play of Bray and realize he is a heck of a player. Without him this team loses two more games this year and probably 4 more the previous two years. The kids good. I don't have to compare him to anybody. If the defense was any good we would be raving about how he lit up GA, SC, Miss St. and how he came into his own. Instead we focus on the last plays of each game that should not have been close.

PS Bray led us to a late score against NC (which would have been a great win). NC got the ball back with less then 35 seconds and zipped right down the field. That would have been Brays first late drive victory and probably would have helped him down the road but somehow our defense managed to let NC goes the length of the field in seconds. Probably the second sign (the LSU debacle was the first sign) of things to come.

Let's make sure we have the full picture here. Bray is a good quarterback, but QB's are measured by wins (no matter what). Bray has so far overseen nothing but losing records in his tenure as a starter.

Manning on the other hand was pushed into the starting job after Helton/Colquitt went down to injuries in the 94 season and here is his starting record:

7 - 1
11 - 1 (and ended year ranked 3rd)
10 - 2
11 - 1 (and then lost in bowl to Nebraska because they ran it down our throats all night)

Bray has overseen that many losses this year alone. So while he is good, let's hold on the hyperbole.

gglardon50#417841 writes:

Tennessee will win big Sat followed by losing big in Nashville but will rebound for a close win over Kentucky{although that game could go to overtime} Vols will then be off to the Weed Whacker Bowl in La to close out the season. I,m just hoping they don't play La Tech in the bowl as that could turn in to a beatdown for Tennessee. 6-7 in 2012 with maybe 3 players going in the first or 2nd round hmmmmmmmmmm ,maybe it is time for a change.

JDX47 writes:

in response to gglardon50#417841:

Tennessee will win big Sat followed by losing big in Nashville but will rebound for a close win over Kentucky{although that game could go to overtime} Vols will then be off to the Weed Whacker Bowl in La to close out the season. I,m just hoping they don't play La Tech in the bowl as that could turn in to a beatdown for Tennessee. 6-7 in 2012 with maybe 3 players going in the first or 2nd round hmmmmmmmmmm ,maybe it is time for a change.

Wonder how well the troops would travel for the Weed Whacker Bowl. I DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN BUT imagine La Tech vs UT in a bowl and La Tech did throw a beat down on us. That would then be the absolute cherry on top.

School ships off coach to big SEC school, replaces him and 3 years later takes their 1 Star rated players and routs former coach.

WOW, that would so suck.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to JDX47:

Wonder how well the troops would travel for the Weed Whacker Bowl. I DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN BUT imagine La Tech vs UT in a bowl and La Tech did throw a beat down on us. That would then be the absolute cherry on top.

School ships off coach to big SEC school, replaces him and 3 years later takes their 1 Star rated players and routs former coach.

WOW, that would so suck.

You are what sucks. TROLL

JDX47 writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

You are what sucks. TROLL

Oh come on...Dooley is a nice guy but he is snakebit. This would be just the type of thing that could happen to him. Like I said, I don't want it to happen, but just projecting out a scenario.

Dude, you don't have to be a TROLL to be negative about our place in the world right now. 4 years of excruciating, week in and week out pain. Sometimes, venting is the only thing that keeps some of us sane.

Serenity now...serenity now...

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Whoopdedoo, likley a losing season with wins over no team with a winning record, so let's whoop it up for Bray, guess that's all we got.

And yes, when the D is as bad as ours is this year, any QB will not have many signature wins. But Bray doesn't have one from 2010 or 2011 either. And IF we win Saturday vs Mo who is 4-5 (1-5 SEC), we still won't have the big win after 3 years.

Peyton won many games vs ranked teams, Bray has yet to win 1. So let's not get too excited about the stats vs the likes of ga state (1-9), troy (4-5) and akron (1-9), and losses against every team that is not a cupcake. The main number - wins - is terrible.

Crawl back under your rock. Peyton, and every other quarterback in history, also played against the weak teams. Peyton didn't ever face 5 and 6 ranked SEC teams per season either. The only consistently ranked team in the SEC East when he was here was Florida, and he lost every time he played them.

None of that is relevant though. It is a team sport, so the team loses or wins games, not an individual player. Don't pretend Bray didn't have a great game against South Carolina, despite the team losing, or against Georgia. No matter who you've played, an all-time record is an impressive feat when you're talking about more than a hundred years of football, and the likes of Manning, Shular, Holloway, etc.

Not all of us want to spend 100% of our time sobbing over the bad things.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to gglardon50#417841:

Tennessee will win big Sat followed by losing big in Nashville but will rebound for a close win over Kentucky{although that game could go to overtime} Vols will then be off to the Weed Whacker Bowl in La to close out the season. I,m just hoping they don't play La Tech in the bowl as that could turn in to a beatdown for Tennessee. 6-7 in 2012 with maybe 3 players going in the first or 2nd round hmmmmmmmmmm ,maybe it is time for a change.

Don't be a fool (if you can help it).

These next two games will both be against teams with bad offenses and decent defenses. Strength on weakness for both sides. That should make them both interesting, but neither of those teams can keep up with our offense.

The Kentucky game won't even be close. Even if they hadn't just fired their coach, it was going to be an epic beatdown where a comically over-matched team (UK) feels the force of a far superior, fired-up team out to avenge last seasons debacle and regain their self-respect.

UK fans will be on suicide watch after the game.

JDX47 writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Don't be a fool (if you can help it).

These next two games will both be against teams with bad offenses and decent defenses. Strength on weakness for both sides. That should make them both interesting, but neither of those teams can keep up with our offense.

The Kentucky game won't even be close. Even if they hadn't just fired their coach, it was going to be an epic beatdown where a comically over-matched team (UK) feels the force of a far superior, fired-up team out to avenge last seasons debacle and regain their self-respect.

UK fans will be on suicide watch after the game.

I hope you are right, but have you seen our defense? Seriously...and what's the old adage, "defense wins games and championships." Not in danger of the latter, but it is a game.

Again, I hope you are right, but I have never been less confident in a team's ability to win than this one.

Go Big Orange Anyway!

terrytennessee writes:

As a 64 year old grandfather who has rooted for the Volunteers since I was a small boy when my dad & I would listen on the radio, I am dismayed by some of the posts I see here. A true adult fan of the team, in my opinion, should be above the juvenile name calling. It's Coach Dooley, & Coach Sunseri .... not any of the meant-to-be-clever monikers one can find scattered about here; it's also Tyler Bray, not Slash. For the record, I, too, was disappointed in that instance, but it's long gone, hasn't, to my knowledge, been repeated, & as long as he's wearing the Orange & White, I'll respect his gift & root like hell for him to succeed. Same for our coaches.
I've stated on another thread that I favor the University of Tennessee honoring Coach Dooley's contract, & letting the cards fall where they may next season. I don't say that lightly, as I've been as disappointed as anyone with the way this season has gone. But I sense better days ahead, and for all here who call yourselves fans, have a little faith, excercise patience. It will do you no harm.
Go Vols!

BigOrangeFreak writes:

So would we Tyler. So would we.

volfaninutah writes:

in response to terrytennessee:

As a 64 year old grandfather who has rooted for the Volunteers since I was a small boy when my dad & I would listen on the radio, I am dismayed by some of the posts I see here. A true adult fan of the team, in my opinion, should be above the juvenile name calling. It's Coach Dooley, & Coach Sunseri .... not any of the meant-to-be-clever monikers one can find scattered about here; it's also Tyler Bray, not Slash. For the record, I, too, was disappointed in that instance, but it's long gone, hasn't, to my knowledge, been repeated, & as long as he's wearing the Orange & White, I'll respect his gift & root like hell for him to succeed. Same for our coaches.
I've stated on another thread that I favor the University of Tennessee honoring Coach Dooley's contract, & letting the cards fall where they may next season. I don't say that lightly, as I've been as disappointed as anyone with the way this season has gone. But I sense better days ahead, and for all here who call yourselves fans, have a little faith, excercise patience. It will do you no harm.
Go Vols!

nice post terry... it is easy to get caught up in a huge snowball as it rolls downhill.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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You must be a very recent UT alumnus if you don't know who Jerry Colquitt is? google him

JDX47 writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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No, I'm confident there was a Colquitt (Jerry) and even more confident he wasn't from the long generation of fine Colquitt punters. Give it a Google and hit images. Talented guy...tore a knee ligament in the first game of the 1994 season, then Todd Helton took over for like 2 games, then it was Peyton time.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to bhenry:

Remember you could always leave the country for the next four years. Nobody is making you stay.

Just imagine....in 4 years you will be old enough to drive. Thankfully, you won't be able to vote for another 6 years. But hang in there sonny boy.....

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to JDX47:

With all due respect to Bray, our defense gets off the field so fast, he has substantially more opportunities to run plays. Of course, our defense is off the field fast because it allows others to cut through it so fast that the offense barely gets any rest. That's the real impressive thing about our offense, they are in tremendous shape because the defense keeps the offense hoppin'.

At first glance, that seems to make sense. However, one of the worst offenses in the conference (Mizzou) has run only 2 plays per game fewer than we have. They're supposed to have a pretty good quarterback too, but they are 166 yards/game behind us, and have 1200 fewer passing yards and over 300 fewer rushing yards.

Five SEC teams are within 3-4 plays per game. Only Arkansas is within 60 yards/game of us.

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