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Three things we learned about the Vols in win against Western Carolina

The Vols rolled all over the Western Carolina Catamounts Saturday night, and a date against Florida in Gainesville looms ahead next weekend.

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The Tennessee Volunteers had their way with the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday night, powering past the FCS school 55-10. Tennessee put in some of their reserves before the first half even ended, and the second half was all back-ups for the Vols. Plenty of young players got some valuable experience against Western Carolina, and the Vols clicked in all three phases of the game.

The Vols didn't show a ton against Western Carolina, but there was still plenty to be gathered from the blowout win. Here are the three things we learned from Tennessee's win on Saturday.

Preston Williams Can Play

Freshman wide receiver Preston Williams hadn't done much through two games with the Vols, and opinions were beginning to circulate whether or not Butch Jones and his staff would be better off redshirting him this year. But Williams burst on to the scene in a big way against the Catamounts tonight, catching three passes for 98 yards and 2 scores, including one from both Dobbs and Dormady.

Yes, it was against a bad FCS team, but Williams' performance was a good sign for the Vols. Josh Malone looked solid again, but Tennessee needs Williams to hit the throttle as soon as possible. And he may have just done that against Western Carolina.

Return Game is Special

For possibly the first time in school history, the Vols had a punt and kick return for a touchdown in a game. Evan Berry, in front of his older brother and former Vol star safety Eric Berry, returned a kick 88 yards in the 3rd quarter that saw him spin his way out of a pile of defenders and outrun the rest of the coverage team. Then Tennessee's next score in the 2nd half came on a 50-yard punt return by Alvin Kamara, who was filling in for Cam Sutton in garbage time. The Vols have looked dangerous in the return game for the last dozen games, and they were finally able to burst through in a big way in the kick return game. Sutton returned a punt for a score last season against Vanderbilt, and Kamara got Tennessee's first such score of 2015 on Saturday.

Didn't Look Ahead to Florida

The only risk (aside from injuries) this game posed was as a trap game with a match-up against Florida looming next weekend. But the Vols didn't overlook Western Carolina and rolled in good fashion. They held the Catamounts to 90 yards passing and only let up a couple big plays, and those came against reserves. The Vols will be facing likely their most important game in a long time when they take on Florida next weekend, but it's good to see the staff didn't let the team look ahead.