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Tennessee Football Top 25 Plays of 2015 #18: Trevor Daniel Hunts The Pylon


Good work getting a picture of the punter, USA Today!
Good work getting a picture of the punter, USA Today!
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Burned on failed run-out-the-clock drives against Oklahoma and Florida, a Neyland Stadium crowd that had been through a lot on October 10 watched Tennessee come up a yard short with 1:48 to play, facing 4th and 1 at their own 43 with a precarious 38-31 lead on Georgia.  Butch Jones elected to punt.  Not many in attendance had time to breathe, but I know some were thinking about booing.  But Trevor Daniel's caddie said hit the pitching wedge, and the gallery liked this one very much:

The camera work here isn't great, but Tim Priest lets you know exactly what's going down.  Daniel's punt, one of the more important I can remember around here, put 99 yards in front of Georgia and the ballgame.  And while the Dawgs would come downfield and get many of those back, the Vol defense made them work the clock along the way.  The end result makes punting here ultimately the right call, but a huge part of getting that end result was Daniel hitting this beauty with pressure from Georgia and 102,455.