Here we are again, keeping tabs on the things Tennessee does well and the things that present them with the, ahem, most opportunity for improvement. First up, the list of Things Tennessee is Doing Well:
|Categories In Which Tennessee
Is/Was In The Top Quartile This Season
|Offense Third-down Efficiency||11||4||7||T-1|
|Time of Possession||90||14||5||10||5|
|Defense Fourth-down Efficiency||-||-||T-1||19||T-7|
|Passes Had Intercepted||T-17|
|Kickoff Return Yardage Defense||9||14||12||21||18|
|First Downs Allowed||20|
|Red Zone Efficiency||104||T-7||-||23|
Woo passing offense. So yeah, the Vols' passing offense is not only good, but elite, all caveats about the competition notwithstanding. Expect some drop off after this week due to Georgia's excellent pass defense.
Oh, hey look. It's a bona fide defensive category! No, not the defense 4th-down efficiency stuff, the first downs allowed. Woo for that. Pass defense, total defense, and scoring defense are also creeping up on the threshold of good.
Near misses: Tennessee's almost there in total offense with a national ranking of 31st.
Let's take a look at the players who made the top 30 this week:
|Tyler Bray||Points Responsible For||T-19||T-4||T-6||3|
|Tyler Bray||Passing Efficiency||5||5||15||7|
|Tyler Bray||Passing Yards Per Game||14||6||7||T-7|
|Tyler Bray||Total Offense||29||9||12||13|
|Tyler Bray||Total Passing Yards||14||4||5||16|
|Tyler Bray||Passing (completions)||-||10||14||16|
|Da'Rick Rogers||Receiving Yards Per Game||17|
|Justin Hunter||Receiving Yards Per Game||11||10||18||21|
|Da'Rick Rogers||Receptions Per Game||-||-||25||25|
It pains me to remove Justin Hunter's total receiving yards and receptions per game from the list, but it simulataneously pleases and irks me that we're doing so almost two full games after he went out with an injury and that he's still ranked 21st in receiving yards per game even now. Da'Rick Rogers is filling in admirably and is almost into the top 30 in total receiving yards. So who's going to fill in for Rogers? Stay tuned.
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||-|
Let's just say this: It's a very good thing that Tyler Bray isn't throwing more interceptions because we've certainly not had the ability to make up for it on the other side of the ball. The defense needs to start generating turnovers. And rushing offense? Ugh. Net punting? DOUBLE UGH!
Still, there's some good news in that penalties, punt returns, and offense 4th-down efficiency is no longer on the Really Really Bad list.