It's time for the weekly "Looked the Part" and "Bless His Heart" awards for the week.
As always, if you are not familiar with this feature, here's the explanation. It's just our way of choosing a player who looked great in the previous game and one who struggled. In a 41-10 runaway from Buffalo, there were plenty of players to choose from as an MVP and not many who struggled.
Let's get on to the accolades.
Looked the Part: DA'RICK ROGERS
Again, Tyler Bray was phenomenal, completing 21-of-30 passes for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns, but we're coming to expect that type of performance from the sophomore. This game was more about feeling OK with receiving weapons in the wake of Justin Hunter's season-ending injury, and the Vols certainly have to like what they have in Rogers as a No. 1 target. The Bulls stubbornly refused to double-team the sophomore from Calhoun, Ga., and he made them pay, gaining a career-high 180 yards on seven catches and scoring two touchdowns. That's even bigger considering he's heading into this weekend's tilt against his home-state Bulldogs riding high. Rogers was committed to UGA for a long time before the Vols and Derek Dooley swooped in and stole him in the 11th hour. UT needs a big game from him to beat the Dawgs.
Bless His Heart: MARLIN LANE
I really had a tough time with this one, because it's hard to point out a kid who really didn't do anything wrong -- but there weren't a lot of options. Was I going to pick Matt Darr? Well, he had one 29-yard punt and took too long getting the other punt off, leading to a block, but he had the presence of mind to pick it up and run 30 yards for a touchdown. Do I need to pick scabs on Devrin Young? In his debut, the freshman fumbled a return and also dropped a pass, but he also electrified the return game with a long kick and punt return. How about a defensive player for Chazz Anderson's 68-yard touchdown run? Curt Maggitt and the defensive end got sucked in on that side and the safety bit, but those guys played well pretty much the rest of the game. So, I'm giving the "Bless His Heart" tag to Lane, not because of anything he did, but because of what he's not doing. He had seven carries for 28 yards and two catches for 15 yards -- not too bad. But we recruited this kid to break out and be a weapon when he touches the ball, and while he's shown a knack for the end zone, he hasn't really broken free for a big run yet. Again, tough call here. Who do you guys think gets the distinction?