Recap: Akron at Tennessee
There's unlikely to be any kicking controversy this week after a flawless performance by Derrick Brodus on Saturday against Akron.
Although Brodus' four field goals and five extra points didn't necessarily come in high-pressure situations, the game was close enough through three quarters that the kicks were meaningful.
Brodus missed an extra point in the Florida game, but coach Derek Dooley said he didn't want one error to cost Brodus his job. Brodus said he appreciated the confidence.
"For the players and coaches to tell you, 'Just move on to the next one,' it helps," Brodus said.
"I was perfect tonight (Saturday) and you just have to go into the game with a clear mind and just do everything the exact same thing," he said.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has been sick for the last week or so.
Dooley alluded to the illness on his coaches show Sunday and Bray briefly mentioned it after Saturday's game.
"They give me medicine and I take it," Bray said. "Hopefully it makes me better."
A week to prepare for the absence of injured safety Brian Randolph helped the Vols navigate any communication concerns against Akron.
Randolph, who tore his ACL in the Florida game, was a vocal leader who frequently helped align the secondary before snaps.
"I don't remember any communication issues," said Prentiss Waggner. "On Akron's long run I think it was an issue with a missed gap by the linebackers. We can make easy corrections."
When sophomore tight end Brendan Downs went down with a dislocated patella in an August scrimmage, Dooley said predicted he would miss a "good chunk" of the year. Some thought that was a polite way of saying he was finished for the season.
Instead, Downs returned to action in Week 3 against Florida and then caught his first career touchdown pass Saturday against Akron.
"I'm really thankful to be back going as fast as I am right now," Downs said Saturday. "I still have some soreness, because there's still some stuff messed up down there. When I get out there and get loose, I feel fine."
Downs' 6-yard touchdown catch actually came on a botched play, Dooley said.
"I ran the right route on the wrong call, if I had to label it," Downs said.
Tennessee is a heavy underdog against Georgia, according to early lines on the game released by oddsmakers. The Wynn in Las Vegas made Georgia favorites by 14 points. Some offshore sports books opened as high as 15.5 points.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.