Based on reports from KNS and VolQuest, we're either really really good on the defensive front, or our quarterbacks are going to be running for their lives.
Brent Hubbs ($) called the pass protection "horrific...just terrible." The UT release via the News-Sentinel (with stats) credits the defense with eight (!) sacks and an additional seven tackles for loss. Chris "Unblockable" Walker had two sacks and three TFLs, including a safety. Josh McNeil did not start at center.
The turnovers were down for the offense, no interceptions and only one fumble. Jonathan Crompton went 8 of 11 for 91 yards with the ones, and BJ Coleman was 11 of 16 for 151 yards and 2 TDs in backup duty. Nick Stephens was only 2 of 4, and unfortunately for him it appears his wrist injury really cost him an opportunity this spring.
Rushing numbers make you feel better about the offense: Montario Hardesty starts with 8 carries for 38 yards, and Tauren Poole finishes with 11 for 80 and a touchdown. And when the passing game did get it working, the wealth was spread around: while fullback Ben Bartholomew led the way with 4 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, Quintin Hancock (who got the start again), Gerald Jones and Austin Rogers each had three catches. Ahmad Paige returned to relevant action with a touchdown grab, and Brandon Warren showed up with two catches for 16 yards.
In other news, John Brice ($) is reporting that Wes Brown will need knee surgery and is done for the spring. The emergence of Montori Hughes has never been more important, and here's hoping Brown is 100% by fall.
The team gets the Easter weekend off before returning to work Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday next week, with action concluding with the Orange & White Game in eight days.