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Stat rankings: Comparing the 2014 and 2013 post-Alabama snapshot

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The usual stat rankings post this week is supplemented with last year's post-Alabama Top 30 and Bottom 30 tables.

Kevin C. Cox

The usual statistical rankings compilation for this post-Alabama week is below. This week, I've added the same table from this time last year for the sake of week-by-week comparisons of this year and 2013. The week after Alabama is most often the low point of the season for these rankings for the Vols.

While there are more categories in the Top 30 table this year than last (not even including the new categories), there are also more in the Below 90 table, primarily due to those stats relying mostly on the offensive line. What other interesting things do you see?

What Tennessee is doing well

This week there were no new arrivals into the Top 30, and Alabama's offense did some damage to our defense and caused the Vols to fall out of the Top 30 in three defensive categories. Total Defense, Scoring Defense, and First Downs Defense all departed into the Big, Fat Middle. Third Down Conversion Pct Defense also took a huge hit, falling from #8 to #25. Hey, Bama scored 59 against A&M last week. It needs to be better, but it could have been worse.

The same table from this time last year is immediately below this year's table.

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Top 30
POST ALABAMA 2014
Category 2011 2012 2013

Utah St.

Ark. St. OK GA FL UTC OM AL
Blocked Kicks Allowed 1 1 1

1

1

Blocked Punts Allowed 1 1 1 1
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 51 67 21 43 11 3 4 6 2 1 2
Fewest Penalty Yards 5 5 2 2 3
Fewest Penalties Per Game 56 92 26 56 15 6 9 20 10 6 5
Team Tackles for Loss 67 48 90 47 21 36 20 3 6 5 7
Fewest Penalties 6 18 11 7 10
Passing Yards Allowed 12 111 27 31 30 45 28 14 8 6 13
Punt Return Defense 85 67 92 85 60 27 40 34 24 14 17
Red Zone Offense 58 29 100 1 44 55 39 49 33 28 18
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 57 50 91 16 13 3 1 3 5 8 25
Passes Intercepted 86 56 40 10 37 33 36 12 11 20 26
Turnovers Gained 91 95 35 11 29 31 43 32 21 30 27
Kickoff Returns 41 80 20 84 68 63 48 58 31 24 28
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 58 21 25 35 32 14 13 11 29
New Arrivals: None.
The Dearly Departed: Total Defense, Scoring Defense, First Downs Defense.
Categories in which Tennessee is in the Top 30
POST ALABAMA 2013
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE SC AL
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 51 67 - 2 4 3 4 10 9 9 9
4th Down Conversion Pct 91 80 - -

1

43 42 4 4 4 10
Passes Intercepted 86 56 12 1 2 5 1 2 6 6 12
Fewest Penalties Per Game 56 92 - 1 3 2 8 17 18 21 16
Turnovers Gained 91 95 26 1 3 3 3 6 12 14 17
Pass Sacks Allowed 40 5 23 18 5 11 19 25 21 23 19
Red Zone Defense 47 115 - 5 19 30 26 24 24 20 22
Tackles for Loss Allowed 38 9 54 29 7 11 4 4 3 34 22
Kickoff Returns 41 80 1 7 19 29 28 36 37 41 26
Net Punting 104 52 7 101 104 95 72 44 42 35 27

Where Tennessee needs major improvement

Turnovers Lost was the only new arrival to the doghouse this week. Two offensive categories -- 3rd Down Conversion Pct and First Downs Offense -- climbed out of the pit. I was a bit surprised to be reminded by the 2013 table that offense (more specifically, the passing game) was the main culprit this time last year, too.

Categories in which Tennessee is 90th or below
POST ALABAMA 2014
Category 2011 2012 2013 Utah St. Ark. St. OK GA FL UTC OM AL
Scoring Offense 106 22 94 41 48 83 74 89 79 94 96
Turnovers Lost 20 58 87 1 13 52 44 63 55 86 98
Rushing Offense 116 61 44 91 88 94 97 109 109 117 113
Total Offense 104 18 102 79 81 93 89 103 106 113 113
4th Down Conversion Pct 91 80 76 62 89 106 116 54 54 103 116
Passing Yards per Completion 115 87 93 103 110 117 119 119 119
Tackles for Loss Allowed 38 9 37 48 41 98 109 117 119 121 122
Red Zone Defense 47 115 11 1 88 101 114 120 120 123 123
Sacks Allowed 40 5 21 65 66 109 107 118 118 123 123
New Arrivals: Turnovers Lost..
Recent Departures:
3rd Down Conversion Pct., First Downs Offense..
Categories in which Tennessee is in the Bottom 30
POST ALABAMA 2013
Category 2011 2012 AP WKU OR FL SA GA BYE SC AL
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 48 86 34 70 113 105 91 107 105 111 119
Passing Offense 50 15 101 108 114 114 112 111 111 109 110
Team Passing Efficiency 69 31 25 46 72 100 100 100 103 106 110
Passing Yards per Completion 102 90 103 105 105 102 102 105 101
Passes Had Intercepted 63 83 1 39 17 99 112 107 99 87 96
Total Offense 104 18 51 65 78 103 93 90 87 89 96
Kickoff Return Defense 7 47 76 77 78 88 76 76 76 73 95

THE BIG FAT MIDDLE

And here's the rest, for tracking purposes.

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Middle of the Rankings
Category 2011 2012 2013 Utah St. Ark. St. OK GA FL UTC OM AL
Total Defense 28 107 83 22 29 42 49 33 16 19 32
Fumbles Recovered 71 113 29 19 22 22 51 65 38 53 32
Net Punting 104 52 28 70 76 78 72 59 48 31 34
Scoring Defense 36 104 78 10 21 38 57 37 19 29 39
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 48 86 117 1 48 31 48 42 30 45 42
Blocked Kicks 21 28 33 36 43
First Downs Defense 18 86 45 14 21 41 24 25 24 28 43
Completion Percentage 71 58 35 45 44
Team Sacks 100 98 99 73 58 78 67 54 65 50 48
Kickoff Return Defense 7 47 118 62 76 73 54 54 59 55 50
Turnover Margin 59 88 54 6 19 35 39 42 23 59 58
3rd Down Conversion Pct 56 81 92 57 8 63 62 81 78 94 64
Time of Possession 37 116 91 44 22 27 38 45 52 64 64
Rushing Defense 69 85 100 39 49 48 78 73 67 64 67
Passing Offense 50 15 109 44 54 68 54 56 62 69 68
Passes Had Intercepted 63 83 107 1 34 76 43 65 53 85 83
Team Passing Efficiency 69 31 111 42 61 98 83 86 76 85 84
Fumbles Lost 6 28 24 1 1 23 55 70 74 79 85
Punt Returns 61 22 51 84 14 34 54 97 43 80 85
First Downs Offense 98 20 101 47 48 53 84 98 88 99 88

Players in the Top 30

Welcome to the Top 30, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Derek Barnett.

Player Stat 2011 2012 2013 Utah St. Ark. St. OK GA FL UTC OM AL
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Fumbles Recovered 14 13
A.J. Johnson Solo Tackles 14 6 6 5 14
A.J. Johnson Total Tackles 4 11 8 10 12 14
Aaron Medley Field Goals Per Game 26 16 25 26 17
Justin Worley Completions Per Game 22 29 22 16 18 25 22
Derek Barnett Tackles For Loss 22
Cameron Sutton Interceptions 4 13 17 27
A.J. Johnson Forced Fumbles 3 22
Justin Worley Points Responsible For 16 23
Justin Worley Points Responsible For Per Game 18 25
Cameron Sutton Passes Defended 21
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tackles For Loss 21 26
Aaron Medley Field Goal Percentage 27
Cameron Sutton Fumbles Recovered 11 14
Todd Kelly, Jr. Fumbles Recovered 4 14
Todd Kelly, Jr. Fumbles Recovered 11
Justin Worley Passing TDs 15
Marquez North Receiving TDs 17
A.J. Johnson Passed Defended 17 20
Owen Williams Sacks 29
A.J. Johnson Interceptions 4
Justin Worley Completion Percentage 16
Dontavis Sapp Fumbles Recovered 9
Michael Palardy Punting 11
Devaun Swafford Punt Return TDs 14
Byron Moore Interceptions 13
Cordarrelle Patterson Kickoff Returns 14
Cordarrelle Patterson All-Purpose Runners 16
Tyler Bray Total Offense 19
Justin Hunter Receiving Yards Per Game 22
Devrin Young Punt Returns 28
Tyler Bray Passing Efficiency 29
Austin Johnson Interceptions 23