Report card: Vols running backs and elite offensive line earn high marks

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) on a run during the second half of their 52-20 victory over Western Kentucky at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) on a run during the second half of their 52-20 victory over Western Kentucky at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Quarterbacks C: The defense handled the scoring in the first half, which means the offense spent little time on the field in Tennessee’s 52-20 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday.

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Comments » 9

wigmeister writes:

Another win toward a possible bowl invitation. Now we hit the meat of the schedule. Crunch time!

GerryOP writes:

in response to wigmeister:

Another win toward a possible bowl invitation. Now we hit the meat of the schedule. Crunch time!

It's gonna be tough, but every game is winnable! I'm sure that Jones-boy would agree with me!

RoadTrip writes:

The article was good until the "karma" comment, which had absolutely nothing to do with the game. They executed on both sides of the ball. It had zero to do with some false philosophical belief.

Agree with the grades with the exception of QB and receivers. Those were definitely "B". Removing the two Pick 6's - the offense scored 38 points and was going in for another one when the clock expired. With all the TO's there was no way to run a normal offensive scheme and when they put it away in the third quarter there was no reason to open up the offense more for Oregon to scout.

Worley had one meaningless TO and ran the offense as game planned without dumb formation, procedure, false start, etc. type penalties. Croom dropped a pass he should have caught. Hardly worth lowering to "C". North's catch was incredible. Worley was lucky to get it in the neighborhood of him due to the pressure. Lighten up.

Orange_Power_T writes:

Agree with most of the grades except Linebackers. C+ at best. Although they come up with some great plays, on average they are very soft in the middle. Too easily suckered in. I think if they studied game film as much as the secondary, it would be a different story.

keg52#366888 writes:

Weren't there 3 penalties? Personal foul, offsides and false start or holding on Tiny.

johndavid writes:

AJ can stop them on 1st & 2nd down but cannot cover them on 3rd. Maybe he needs to come out instead of McCULLERS ON 3RD AND LONG?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to johndavid:

AJ can stop them on 1st & 2nd down but cannot cover them on 3rd. Maybe he needs to come out instead of McCULLERS ON 3RD AND LONG?

I agree with you and OPT that the 3d-down breakdowns were disheartening. It is a distinct disadvantage for the defense to play solid on 1st and 2d downs and then let the opponents convert 3d-and-long. As thin as it seems to be, this team won't survive a succession of umpteen-play drives, which is what you get when you can't get off the field. Seems like we saw way too much of this movie going back years now--remember "3d-and-Chavis"? I hope it is something as simple as the personnel package, and they can find the right combination to fix it, but a performance like that against Oregon will spell early disaster.

ewoodbery (staff) writes:

in response to keg52#366888:

Weren't there 3 penalties? Personal foul, offsides and false start or holding on Tiny.

I believe one of the penalties was declined, which is how only two ended up in the box score.

-- Evan

wildmed writes:

Some Vol fans may be missing the most encouraging development that came out of this game: the coaching staff obviously made some adjustments at halftime that allowed the offense to come out in dominant fashion from the kickoff. When did you see that in the last three years?

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