Tennessee Volunteer Statistical Rankings After Week 4

Sep 22, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers kicker Derrick Brodus (42) kicks a field goal against the Akron Zips during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Caveats.

Here are the latest NCAA statistical rankings for the Vols after the Akron game, grouped into three categories: Those things in which UT is in the Top 30, those things in which UT is in the Bottom 30, and everything else. First up, the Stuff UT Is Doing Well.

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 2
Pass Sacks Allowed 40 29 14 13 7
Passing Offense 50 13 9 14 8
Defense Third-down Efficiency 57 57 27 18 17
Pass Efficiency Defense 48 28 13 29 17
Total Offense 104 23 15 30 17
First Downs 98 40 30 44 18
Turnovers Gained 91 3 7 28 20
Scoring Offense 106 43 15 37 23
Passing Efficiency 69 32 8 35 24
Red Zone Efficiency 58 65 57 43 24
Punt Return Yardage Defense 85 5 8 26 29

Dropped out: Kickoff Returns.

New Arrivals: First Downs, Scoring Offense, Passing Efficiency, Red Zone Efficiency.

I feel like I may be the only person wearing orange to be giving Akron some credit for Saturday (rather than blaming Tennessee). It's the old "Is it us or is it them" question that begins with fall scrimmages and persists well into the early part of the season. But yeah, playing Akron helped our numbers and rankings, at least offensively.

#OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE

Categories In Which Tennessee
Is In The Bottom Quartile
Category

2011

NCS GS FL AK GA MSB AL SC TR MO VAN KY
Pass Sacks 100 68 47 83 94
Fumbles Recovered 71 66 60 79 97
Red Zone Efficiency - Defense 47 58 95 108 104

New Arrivals: Pass Sacks and Fumbles Recovered.

Climbed out: None.

I'm not all that worried about Fumbles Recovered because it just feels like a flukey stat, but Defensive Red Zone Efficiency is regularly showing up in the cellar and needs to be fixed. Pass Sacks showed some promise early but now the bottom is falling out of it.

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
Punt Returns 61 59 51 54 38
Turnover Margin 59 4 18 48 41
Fewest Yards Penalized Per Game 51 39 53 59 42
Net Punting 104 32 56 42 46
Fumbles Lost 6 43 59 40 47
Kickoff Return Yardage Defense 7 76 63 64 53
Tackles for Loss Allowed 38 97 55 57 55
Kickoff Returns 41 38 14 23 55
Rushing Offense 116 45 42 71 57
Scoring Defense 36 54 38 64 61
Pass Defense 12 86 73 66 66
Offense Third-down Efficiency 56 43 49 63 67
Total Defense 28 70 48 77 68
Turnovers Lost 20 23 51 55 69
Fewest Penalties Per Game 56 52 53 75 69
First Downs Allowed 18 71 79 77 70
Rushing Defense 69 46 36 84 74
Passes Had Intercepted 63 1 28 78 76
Offense Fourth-down Efficiency 91 58 54 38 76
Tackles for Loss 67 65 53 62 81
Time of Possession 37 38 81 87 83
Defense Fourth-down Efficiency 48 37 76 82 88

I'm wary of that improvement in Rushing Offense because although I'm perfectly willing to give Akron credit for a very good passing offense (and maybe a decent passing defense despite what Bray and Company did to it), we knew going in that they were not good at stopping the run. Consider it good practice, but we'll find out more about the run game soon.

Look at all of the defensive categories that are just middle of the pack. They're likely to take some hits over the next four games. Stay out of the cellar, fellas.

Players in the Top 30

Yay, Byron Moore, and woo Derrick Brodus.

But Bray/Hunter/Patterson is becoming Bray/Hunter.

Player Stat 2011 NCS GS FL AK GA MSB AL SC TR MO VAN KY
Byron Moore Interceptions - 5 - - 6
Tyler Bray Total Passing Yards - 10 7 9 9
Tyler Bray Passing Yards Per Game - 10 11 13 9
Tyler Bray Points Responsible For - - 12 22 10
Tyler Bray Total Offense - 17 20 21 14
Tyler Bray Passing - 16 - 27 22
Tyler Bray Passing Efficiency - 30 5 28 22
Justin Hunter Total Receiving Yards - - 11 12 5
Justin Hunter Receiving Yards Per Game - - 14 18 13
Justin Hunter Receptions Per Game - 9 14 19 13
Cordarrelle Patterson Kickoff Returns - - 5 15 16
Derrick Brodus Field Goals - - - - 18
Brian Randolph Solo Tackles - - 13 - 29
FORMERLY IN THE TOP 30
Cordarrelle Patterson All-Purpose Running - - 8 23 -
Cordarrelle Patterson Total Receiving Yards - - 30 - -
Willie Bohannon Fumbles Recovered - - 17 - -
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 - - -
2011
Austin Johnson Interceptions 23
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