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Vols' statistical rankings after the Missouri game

Tennessee welcomes an old friend back to the list of things it does well.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

What Tennessee is currently doing well

Ladies and Gents, please welcome to the Top 30 table Scoring Defense. Scoring Defense was hooked on meth and living in a dumpster in an especially grimy alley behind a questionable Chinese restaurant back in 2012, but has gradually gotten its stuff together and today stands before you a shining example of what you can accomplish when you finally and completely kick the Sunseri habit. Oh, look. It brought its sponsor, First Downs Defense.

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

2014

BG OK WC FL AR GA BYE AL KY SC NTX MO
Kickoff Returns 41 80 20 14 5 8 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
4th Down Conversion Pct 91 80 76 26 70 100 55 27 37 21 16 18 10 7 5 4
Fewest Penalty Yards 9 45 72 38 22 21 17 4 3 10 10 5 4
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 51 67 21 6 44 70 33 18 17 8 4 3 12 10 5 4
Punt Returns 61 22 51 37 6 13 17 25 25 18 16 15 6 3 3 4
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 57 50 91 14 27 58 25 13 21 19 15 14 7 10 6 5
Passes Had Intercepted 63 83 107 84 1 28 14 9 6 10 9 8 10 13 11 9
Fewest Penalties Per Game 56 92 26 7 22 74 42 29 25 17 14 17 24 25 14 12
Kickoff Return Defense 7 47 118 23 17 9 30 28 28 27 24 40 28 22 21 12
Fewest Penalties 13 23 77 48 38 31 24 10 13 24 24 15 13
Turnovers Lost 20 58 87 61 1 7 4 5 8 12 7 11 16 25 20 16
3rd Down Conversion Pct 56 81 92 78 19 39 56 54 45 41 46 33 24 18 22 25
Red Zone Defense 47 115 11 124 32 98 68 88 30 36 25 28 22 21 21 25
Scoring Defense 36 104 78 35 82 93 64 70 71 66 61 53 50 58 32 25
Rushing Offense 116 61 44 89 4 20 17 18 19 21 19 31 21 29 29 26
Net Punting 104 52 28 36 57 18 13 7 6 24 18 15 16 20 26 27
First Downs Defense 18 86 45 33 92 91 49 51 69 63 22 34 40 51 36 29
New this week: Scoring Defense.
Back in this week: First Downs Defense.
Departing this week: Blocked Kicks Allowed, Blocked Punts Allowed, Blocked Kicks.

Where Tennessee needs major improvement

Ahem. Why pass when you can run where and when you want?

Categories in which Tennessee is 90th or below
Category 2011 2012 2013 2014 BG OK WC FL AR GA BYE AL KY SC NTX MO
Passing Offense 50 15 109 70 76 105 97 102 95 81 80 86 81 77 81 92
Turnovers Gained 91 95 35 34 60 55 31 41 65 68 92 91 82 88 97 95
Passes Intercepted 86 56 40 15 45 42 40 61 76 92 86 80 93 100 97
Punt Return Defense 85 67 92 11 107 98 89 75 83 112 118 118 110 106 106 106
Tackles for Loss Allowed 38 9 37 122 54 89 61 93 100 102 96 101 107 103 103 112
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 48 86 117 26 102 107 114 123 122 124 125 124 123 120 119 122
New this week: None.
Back in this week: Passing Offense, Turnovers Gained.
Climbing out of the gutter this week: None.

THE BIG FAT MIDDLE

Categories in which Tennessee is in the Middle of the Rankings
Category 2011 2012 2013 2014 BG OK WC FL AR GA BYE AL KY SC NTX MO
Blocked Kicks Allowed

1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 36 31
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 58 24 86 74 51 56 59 61 54 65 54 58 41 31
Blocked Kicks 70 3 4 11 18 5 5 13 17 22 27 34 38
First Downs Offense 98 20 101 54 14 40 27 34 37 20 53 51 44 53 40 42
Rushing Defense 69 85 100 65 53 64 70 52 78 74 72 62 62 60 51 47
Total Defense 28 107 83 36 114 104 78 76 93 91 87 80 70 70 54 47
Scoring Offense 106 22 94 62 13 32 13 20 30 23 23 42 27 34 36 48
Fumbles Lost 6 28 24 37 1 1 1 14 29 40 30 41 49 73 66 54
Sacks Allowed 40 5 21 117 27 71 72 83 69 63 59 76 73 66 64 57
Total Offense 104 18 102 90 14 61 54 56 53 44 43 56 46 48 48 57
Passing Yards Allowed 12 111 27 22 120 108 81 87 88 92 90 91 80 81 69 58
Time of Possession 37 116 91 51 27 61 51 44 63 57 52 71 70 72 73 59
Turnover Margin 59 88 54 53 26 26 8 16 28 40 35 36 40 64 70 59
Completion Percentage 32 49 109 75 70 73 75 78 72 69 68 62 60
Fumbles Recovered 71 113 29 78 21 47 18 33 55 43 52 70 57 51 62 62
Blocked Punts Allowed 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 70 66
Team Passing Efficiency 69 31 111 70 34 95 61 57 65 63 62 57 49 50 55 68
Team Sacks 100 98 99 29 29 37 74 51 90 95 96 65 63 73 76 69
Team Tackles for Loss 67 48 90 21 27 20 41 46 84 101 107 84 81 68 71 73
Red Zone Offense 58 29 100 5 61 38 23 12 36 37 36 49 84 74 88 85
Passing Yards per Completion 115 116 40 68 77 71 67 65 72 67 63 60 71 86

Players in the Top 30

So Trevor Daniel has been in the Top 10 in the nation in punting since the second game of the season. Somebody needs to high five that guy, like seriously.

Player Stat 2011 2012 2013 2014 BG OK WC FL AR GA BYE AL KY SC NTX MO
Evan Berry Kickoff Return TDs 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Evan Berry Kickoff Returns 8 1 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Cameron Sutton Punt Returns 4 13 17 23 23 12 9 10 3 2 3 4
Trevor Daniel Punting 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 5 7 6
Alvin Kamara Punt Return TDs 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 7 9
Cameron Sutton Punt Return TDs 11 4 4 7 9
Evan Berry Combined Kick Returns 29 14 16 2 2 3 5 5 5 8 10
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Fumbles Recovered 2 4 10 16 27 17 17 19
Aaron Medley Field Goals Per Game 17 26 22 27 23 19
Derek Barnett Sacks 20 29
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Solo Tackles 12 2 9 11 19 29 24 22 23 30
Joshua Dobbs Points Responsible For 18 25 25 20 24 27
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Total Tackles 2 12 16 16 27 23 23 30 29
Jalen Hurd Rushing TDs 3 8 9 9 13 19 27 23 24
Joshua Dobbs Points Responsible For Per Game 19 28 29
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tackles For Loss 7 27 19 26 17
Cameron Sutton Forced Fumbles 24 29
Jalen Hurd Scoring 4 16 13 9 26
Derek Barnett Fumbles Recovered 10 16 27
Shy Tuttle Fumbles Recovered 10 16 27
Jalen Hurd Rushing Yards 29 26 26 28
Todd Kelly, Jr. Interceptions 6 16
Aaron Medley Scoring 24
Ethan Wolf Receiving TDs 4 16
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Forced Fumbles 19
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Sacks 25
Jalen Hurd Rushing Yards Per Game 29 28
Alvin Kamara Rush Yards Per Carry 9
Alvin Kamara Rushing Yards 14
Alvin Kamara Rushing Yards Per Game 14
Cameron Sutton Combined Kick Returns 17
Jalen Hurd Points Responsible For 18
Jalen Hurd Points Responsible For Per Game 19
Alvin Kamara Scoring 26
Ethan Wolf Scoring 26