Kevin C. Cox
Examining the superlatives -- and not so superlatives -- in Tennessee's 44-13 loss to Alabama on Saturday night.
LOOKED THE PART
DARRINGTON SENTIMORE. The former Alabama player made news earlier in the week when he said he wanted to beat Alabama more than anybody because of Nick Saban. A few of my Alabama buddies said it would be "a long night for Mr. Sentimore." It wasn't. He sacked A.J. McCarron once and pressured him three or four more times, finishing with three tackles and a TFL. He looked like the player we need for him to be if we're going to be successful from here on out.
BLESS HIS HEART.
TYLER BRAY. I'm going with Bray because he was simply awful and erratic with the football, and we thought he was going to be terrific this year. Really, this dubious distinction could go to Justin Coleman for his, um, "coverage" of Amai Coope, who had a DJ Hall-esque performance. It could go to Justin Hunter for failing to show up yet again. It could go to Jacques Smith or Daniel McCullers or any of the disappointing players along the defensive front. But I expect much more of Bray, and he just didn't produce.
EARNED A START.
TREVARRIS SAULSBERRY. We got our first extended look at the redshirt freshman from Gainesville, Fla., and he really looked like a nice player. He certainly looks the part at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, and he made his presence felt against the Tide, finishing with five tackles and a tackle for loss. His high school teammate Jordan Williams is listed as a starter at Jack linebacker heading into this week's showdown against South Carolina, but my guess is Saulsberry will get some action on the line as well.