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Vols statistical rankings after Alabama and the bye

A grueling schedule means messy stats.

NCAA Football: Alabama at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

As always, playing Alabama does almost nothing good for your stats. And neither does playing the nation's toughest schedule. The numbers should start to improve now that the team is in the back end of the schedule. Let's hope.

What Tennessee is currently doing well

Stat 2015 App St. VT Ohio FL GA TAM AL
Blocked Kicks Allowed 28 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Blocked Punts Allowed 64 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Fumbles Recovered 81 1 3 4 2 3 4
Turnovers Gained 99 57 6 26 24 19 13 16
Kickoff Returns 1 4 3 41 22 22 28 21
New this week: None.
Falling out of the Top 30 this week:
None.

Thank goodness for Evan Berry? Thank goodness for Evan Berry.

Where Tennessee needs major improvement

Stat 2015 App St. VT Ohio FL GA TAM AL
First Downs Offense 37 75 97 76 71 78 46 98
Team Sacks 56 79 105 102 97 106 105
Passes Had Intercepted 7 65 70 72 104 99 114 106
Rushing Defense 49 94 97 71 52 57 86 108
4th Down Conversion Pct 6 73 101 113 106 110 102 109
Fumbles Lost 46 58 35 21 10 53 121 110
Punt Return Defense 102 124 120 81 64 65 69 121
Turnovers Lost 13 66 53 48 58 95 124 121
New this week: First Downs Offense, Rushing Defense, Punt Return Defense.
Getting out of the gutter this week: Fewest Penalties, Fewest Penalty Yards, Red Zone Defense, Turnover Margin.

Lots of work to be done here. Mostly, the offense needs to learn how not to get off schedule right out of the gate, the defense needs to shore up the run defense, and Derek Barnett needs some additional support in sacks, TFLs, and general havoc in the opponent's backfield.

THE BIG FAT MIDDLE

Stat 2015 App St. VT Ohio FL GA TAM AL
Red Zone Offense 82 1 1 1 68 62 47 36
Team Tackles for Loss 80 55 42 63 57 45 57 36
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 123 70 58 51 39 47 46 39
Passing Yards Allowed 57 17 29 35 54 48 49 39
Kickoff Return Defense 15 30 55 42 33 34 32 41
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 4 24 58 47 42 42 34 43
Fewest Penalties 17 53 63 79 79 53 94 43
Net Punting 30 60 51 41 33 39 35 44
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 35 61 78 44 59 61 58 46
Fewest Penalty Yards 6 63 72 99 95 78 99 47
Punt Returns 2 86 99 106 88 74 74 47
Fewest Penalties Per Game 16 52 58 76 74 42 80 51
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 6 62 71 95 85 65 81 54
First Downs Defense 30 50 61 57 53 57 70 54
Red Zone Defense 24 19 43 78 98 111 101 55
Scoring Offense 36 88 61 69 56 56 48 58
Team Passing Efficiency 57 86 85 72 51 44 46 58
Passing Yards per Completion 87 64 96 103 44 39 36 59
Passes Intercepted 93 30 66 93 86 79 51 60
Rushing Offense 21 84 63 56 54 63 50 69
Completion Percentage 58 92 98 64 90 86 71 70
3rd Down Conversion Pct 20 59 99 71 65 46 51 74
Passing Offense 93 82 118 109 97 87 62 77
Total Offense 50 92 111 101 85 88 51 80
Scoring Defense 26 30 42 35 37 45 64 82
Total Defense 46 48 60 39 39 43 66 82
Sacks Allowed 51 58 66 84 57 57 78 83
Turnover Margin 50 74 14 36 35 47 97 86
Time of Possession 56 94 91 84 76 96 88 87
Tackles for Loss Allowed 107 46 71 82 49 49 62 89

Players in the Top 30

Derek Barnett is doing really well in both sacks and tackles for loss, but he's pretty much doing it all by himself.

Player Stat 2015 App St. VT Ohio FL GA TAM AL
Micah Abernathy Fumbles Recovered 1 1 1 2 2 2
Derek Barnett Tackles For Loss 25 14 16 7
Corey Vereen Fumbles Recovered 11 16 22 5 5 9
Evan Berry Kickoff Returns 1 17 24 14
Joshua Dobbs Points Responsible For Per Game 30 24 11 8 12 18
Joshua Dobbs Points Responsible For 27 22 7 5 6 19
Derek Barnett Sacks 30 19
Alvin Kamara Punt Returns 23
Trevor Daniel Punting 6 3 13 28 25
Joshua Dobbs Passing TDs 16 13 15 30
Josh Malone Receiving TDs 24 6 5 12 22
Josh Malone Yards per Reception 2 6 22 20 19 23
Joshua Dobbs Total Offense 29
Dillon Bates Fumbles Recovered 22
Shy Tuttle Fumbles Recovered 22
Kendall Vickers Forced Fumbles 19
Todd Kelly, Jr. Forced Fumbles 19
Cameron Sutton Total Interceptions 8 25
Aaron Medley Field Goals Per Game 14 15 25
Cameron Sutton Interceptions Per Game 8 28
Jalen Hurd Rushing Yards 29 28
Jalen Hurd Rushing Yards Per Game 30
Aaron Medley Field Goal Percentage 1
Cameron Sutton Punt Returns 1
Evan Berry Kickoff Return TDs 1
Cameron Sutton Punt Return TDs 2
Alvin Kamara Punt Return TDs 12
Evan Berry Combined Kick Returns 13
Aaron Medley Scoring 23
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Fumbles Recovered 23