Tennessee Volunteer Statistical Rankings After Week 3

Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Caveats.

Well.

Roughly 36 hours later, it's beginning to feel a little better. Re-watching it on TV helped quite a bit, actually. Maybe it was the absence of a couple of absolutely despicable trash-talking Gator fans in our midst in Section N, two separate individuals in a sea of orange acting reprehensibly and fully banking on the grace and honor of the very people they were mocking. It's a good thing they were right.

But mostly it was because the front didn't actually fall off until much later in the game than I remember. The team did look better apart from (1) a weakness in the defense that Florida's coaches discovered late in the third and hammered all the way to the zeroes, and (2) the passing game getting off track. The plays were there just like they were in the first half, but either the throws were off or the catches weren't made. Sigh. But on replay, it did look . . . better. As in "better than before," which is of course very hard to see when you so desperately want "better than them."

Anyway, here's the Stuff UT Is Doing Well, even after this week.

Categories In Which Tennessee
Is In The Top Quartile
Category

2011

NCS GS FL AK GA MSB AL SC TR MO VAN KY
Passes Intercepted 86 1 3 11
Pass Sacks Allowed 40 29 14 13
Passing Offense 50 13 9 14
Defense Third-down Efficiency 57 57 27 18
Kickoff Returns 41 38 14 23
Punt Return Yardage Defense 85 5 8 26
Turnovers Gained 91 3 7 28
Pass Efficiency Defense 48 28 13 29
Total Offense 104 23 15 30

Dropped out: Passing Efficiency, Scoring Offense, Turnover Margin, Passes Had Intercepted (down to #78!), First Downs.

New Arrivals: None.

We still have a dangerous passing attack, even after Florida, whose defense may be much better than we were giving them credit for. And the running game isn't so bad that it keeps total offense out of the Top 30. The Gators kickoff guy completely removed one of our best strengths by forcing touchbacks (or ill-advised returns out of the end zone) all night.

#OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE

And we still only have one category in which the team is in the Bottom 30: Red Zone Efficiency - Defense. That also somehow feels a little better if you remember how you felt when the defense had that goal line stand at the end of the first half.

Categories In Which Tennessee
Is In The Bottom Quartile
Category

2011

NCS GS FL AK GA MSB AL SC TR MO VAN KY
Red Zone Efficiency - Defense 47 58 95 108

THE BIG FAT MIDDLE

And here's the rest, for tracking purposes.

Categories In Which Tennessee
Is In The Middle
Category

2011

NCS GS FL AK GA MSB AL SC TR MO VAN KY
Passing Efficiency 69 32 8 35
Scoring Offense 106 43 15 37
Offense Fourth-down Efficiency 91 58 54 38
Fumbles Lost 6 43 59 40
Net Punting 104 32 56 42
Red Zone Efficiency 58 65 57 43
First Downs 98 40 30 44
Turnover Margin 59 4 18 48
Punt Returns 61 59 51 54
Turnovers Lost 20 23 51 55
Tackles for Loss Allowed 38 97 55 57
Fewest Yards Penalized Per Game 51 39 53 59
Tackles for Loss 67 65 53 62
Offense Third-down Efficiency 56 43 49 63
Scoring Defense 36 54 38 64
Kickoff Return Yardage Defense 7 76 63 64
Pass Defense 12 86 73 66
Rushing Offense 116 45 42 71
Fewest Penalties Per Game 56 52 53 75
Total Defense 28 70 48 77
First Downs Allowed 18 71 79 77
Passes Had Intercepted 63 1 28 78
Fumbles Recovered 71 66 60 79
Pass Sacks 100 68 47 83
Rushing Defense 69 46 36 84
Defense Fourth-down Efficiency 48 37 76 82
Time of Possession 37 38 81 87

Scoring Defense, Total Defense, and Rush Defense are all related and took huge hits. Passing Efficiency and Scoring Offense and the other formerly green categories got dinged up. Turnover Margin and Passes Had Intercepted took the worst of it.

Players in the Top 30

This is still mainly three guys.

Player Stat 2011 NCS GS FL AK GA MSB AL SC TR MO VAN KY
Tyler Bray Total Passing Yards - 10 7 9
Tyler Bray Passing Yards Per Game - 10 11 13
Tyler Bray Total Offense - 17 20 21
Tyler Bray Points Responsible For - - 12 22
Tyler Bray Passing - 16 - 27
Tyler Bray Passing Efficiency - 30 5 28
Justin Hunter Total Receiving Yards - - 11 12
Justin Hunter Receiving Yards Per Game - - 14 18
Justin Hunter Receptions Per Game - 9 14 19
Cordarrelle Patterson Kickoff Returns - - 5 15
Cordarrelle Patterson All-Purpose Running - - 8 23
Cordarrelle Patterson Total Receiving Yards - - 30 -
Willie Bohannon Fumbles Recovered - - 17 -
Brian Randolph Solo Tackles - - 13 -
Byron Moore Interceptions - 5 - -
Eric Gordon Interceptions - 5 - -
Prentiss Waggner Interceptions - 5 - -
Marsalis Teague Interceptions - 5 - -
Curt Maggitt Forced Fumbles - 6 - -
Maurice Couch Forced Fumbles - 6 - -
Byron Moore Solo Tackles - 11 - -
Michael Palardy Field Goals - 13 - -
Curt Maggitt Pass Sacks - 20 - -
Cordarrelle Patterson Scoring - 25 - -
Devrin Young Kickoff Returns - 30 - -
Austin Johnson Interceptions 23
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