No grades for UT Vols' offensive line after two poor performances

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones talks to players on the field during the first half against Missouri at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones talks to players on the field during the first half against Missouri at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — It's been three weeks since a Tennessee offensive lineman received a report card.

There's simply been no need to hand one out.

Offensive linemen typically are graded on their performances on Saturdays, but the Volunteers have eschewed giving out those individual grades after a pair of disappointing performances.

"It wasn't to our standard," offensive line coach Don Mahoney said after Wednesday's practice. "It's winning and losing, and we didn't win and we didn't play well. There isn't a guy that needs to feel good about any kind of performance because we didn't get it done. To say, 'Well, we did this,' and 'We only had so many sacks,' and -- no. We lost and we didn't play well.

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Comments » 9

SummerfieldVol writes:

This offensive line just plane ol SUCKS. Has never played up to expectations. Especially on run blocking.

KENVOL writes:

These guys are fat and slow. Can't move can't block.

TommyJack writes:

Over-hyped? Or just mediocre from the jump?

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Over-hyped? Or just mediocre from the jump?

Yes.

jone8191#247590 writes:

They have been a disappointment from word go. NFL prospects? No, not even in Jacksonville.

carolinafire#256960 writes:

Out of twelve SEC Schools, I believe that the Tennessee offensive line ranks eleventh, only ahead
of Kentucky.

volbald writes:

Mediocre from the start. The players and the coaches drank the coolade at the start of the season and kept drinking it until every SEC team we played "p----d" in it. They must have thought that if they said it long enough it had to be true. Too bad the coaching hasn't helped. That being said, if the Vols show up and play like they did against UGA, they won't be embarrassed. Otherwise it will be a long afternoon.

underthehill writes:

The Stanford O line completely dominated Oregon and won the game for them..it seems to me if the Vols had played up to their hype..they could have made the Oregon game competitive..after watching Stanford ..maybe the Vols O line can do better against Auburn..

johnlg00 writes:

As somebody said on another thread, it would be almost too funny for words if the announcers came out in the pregame show and talked about how UT had "one of the best offensive lines in the country". Looked at as a body of work, a line like that just shows that somebody hasn't been doing their homework. I want people to say that AFTER the Auburn game! Because right now, it is just an embarrassment to anybody who says it, and perhaps even more of an embarrassment to anybody who BELIEVES it based on what they see on the field. We may all, fans and coaches alike, seem to be piling on a bit, but these guys have said themselves that they are aiming for the NFL and that they ought to be playing better. So let's get out there and DO it and shut the doubters up!

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