Let's see what damage our little visit down to Gainesville did to Tennessee's national stats, shall we? First up, the list of Things Tennessee Does Well:
|Categories In Which Tennessee
Was In The Top Quartile after Week Three
|Offense Third-down Efficiency||11||4||7|
|Time of Possession||90||14||5||10|
|Defense Fourth-down Efficiency||-||-||T-1||19|
|Kickoff Return Yardage Defense||9||14||12||21|
That's actually not so bad, all things considered. It does underscore the importance of Tyler Bray to this football team, and it may have some Justin Hunter residue on it, but ranking in the top ten in third down efficiency feels pretty good. And what do y'all think about that time of possession ranking? One of the reasons a running game is important is because it theoretically allows you to keep the ball for longer and deprive your opponent's offense of the opportunity to score. Tennessee's running game is beyond struggling right now, so how is it that with a one-dimensional passing attack, Tennessee is able to still rank so well in TOP?
The categories that fell off the top quartile chart this week are scoring offense, total offense, kickoff returns, and punt return yardage defense.
Let's take a look at the players who made the top 30 this week:
|Tyler Bray||Total Passing Yards||14||4||5|
|Tyler Bray||Points Responsible For||T-19||T-4||T-6|
|Tyler Bray||Passing Yards Per Game||14||6||7|
|Tyler Bray||Total Offense||29||9||12|
|Tyler Bray||Passing (completions)||-||10||14|
|Tyler Bray||Passing Efficiency||5||5||15|
|Justin Hunter||Total Receiving Yards||11||6||15|
|Justin Hunter||Receiving Yards Per Game||11||10||18|
|Da'Rick Rogers||Receptions Per Game||-||-||25|
What was that I said about Bray? Yeah, that. Da'Rick makes an appearance for the first time this season, and this shouldn't be the last we see of him there.
And now for those areasofgreatestopportunity:
Categories In Which Tennessee
|Fewest Yards Penalized Per Game||-||-||-||98|
|Fewest Penalties Per Game||-||-||-||97|
|Offense Fourth Down Efficiency||96||59||94|
Oh, look. The rushing offense is right back to where it was last year. Yay. And what's up with the penalties, which came out of #nowhere. Ten of the blasted things for 94 yards will do that to you, I guess. And punt returns? How many years now have we been "fixing" that? Sigh.