Tennessee Volunteers vs. LSU: Final Player Report

The Tennessee Volunteers really couldn't muster a whole lot of excitement against LSU, but there were some players who had some success against the Tigers.

Guys like Malik Jackson, Tauren PooleZach Fulton and even Brian Randolph really played some great football against Les Miles, the Honey Badger and the rest of the No. 1-ranked team in the country. But only one man can earn the LTP and BHH distinctions, so here we go...

Looked the Part: A.J. JOHNSON

The true freshman outside linebacker is probably better-suited to play in the middle, but he has continued to get better throughout the first half of the season. Though he struggled against speedy Florida, this was the kind of game in which coaches thought he would thrive, and thrive he did. The Gainesville, Ga., first-year player led the Vols with 11 tackles and displayed the physical presence that made him the top overall linebacker on UT's board last season. Johnson is only going to get better, and he is showing glimpses of being the type of impact play-maker UT needs on defense to turn the corner.

Bless His Heart: MATT SIMMS

After Ruben Randle torched Marsalis Teague for an entire game, I strongly considered giving UT's junior cornerback his second turd-in-the-Kool-Aid game in a row. But it's difficult not to single out Simms here. Though he had been waiting for the better part of a year to get back out of Tyler Bray's shadow, Simms killed UT for much of the game against the Tigers, completing just 6-of-20 passes. More importantly, he threw two interceptions, including a crippling momentum-crusher when it looked like UT may draw first blood. Even worse, he had secondary options wide open on both plays. Simms checked the Vols down into some good running situations, but if UT is going to win any games with Bray out, Simms simply must play much better.

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