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Vols' statistical rankings after Week Three

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The best stat is 3-0, but you’d hope the rest of them looked better heading into SEC play.

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What are the areas in which the Tennessee Vols are not living up to the expectations set by last year's team? Here's a look at their statistical rankings in every official NCAA category after the game against the Ohio Bobcats.

What Tennessee is currently doing well

Stat 2015 App St. VT Ohio
Blocked Kicks Allowed 28 1 1 1
Blocked Punts Allowed 64 1 1 1
Red Zone Offense 82 1 1 1
Fumbles Recovered 81 1 3
Fumbles Lost 46 58 35 21
Turnovers Gained 99 57 6 26
New this week: Fumbles Lost! Woo!
Falling out of the Top 30 this week: Passing Yards Allowed, Turnover Margin, Kickoff Returns.

So the Vols are especially good at a couple of categories at which almost everyone is still tied at #1 and the turnover categories about which everyone agrees much (most?) of it is luck. The Red Zone Offense category is the most legit of all of these, though, with the Vols one of 23 teams getting some kind of score every time they get close. Plus, nine of their 11 red zone trips have resulted in touchdowns rather than field goals. That's good.

Where Tennessee needs major improvement

Stat 2015 App St. VT Ohio
Passes Intercepted 93 30 66 93
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 6 62 71 95
Fewest Penalty Yards 6 63 72 99
Total Offense 50 92 111 101
Passing Yards per Completion 87 64 96 103
Team Sacks 56 79 105
Punt Returns 2 86 99 106
Passing Offense 93 82 118 109
4th Down Conversion Pct 6 73 101 113
New this week: Passes Intercepted, Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game, Fewest Penalty Yards, Team Sacks.
Getting out of the gutter this week: Completion Percentage, 3rd Down Conversion Pct, Rushing Defense, First Downs Offense, Punt Return Defense, Time of Possession..

The oddest thing about this table is that it's showing the list of the things Tennessee is currently terrible at and yet shows that they were the opposite of terrible at many of them last year. Jones' teams have been consistently well-disciplined from a penalty perspective but uncharacteristically have totally tanked in that so far this season. You'd think that those things are easily correctable, too, but we'll see. They could gain an extra 70 yards per game just by eliminating penalties.

THE BIG FAT MIDDLE

Stat 2015 App St. VT Ohio
Passing Yards Allowed 57 17 29 35
Scoring Defense 26 30 42 35
Turnover Margin 50 74 14 36
Total Defense 46 48 60 39
Kickoff Returns 1 4 3 41
Net Punting 30 60 51 41
Kickoff Return Defense 15 30 55 42
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 35 61 78 44
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 4 24 58 47
Turnovers Lost 13 66 53 48
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 123 70 58 51
Rushing Offense 21 84 63 56
First Downs Defense 30 50 61 57
Team Tackles for Loss 80 55 42 63
Completion Percentage 58 92 98 64
Scoring Offense 36 88 61 69
3rd Down Conversion Pct 20 59 99 71
Rushing Defense 49 94 97 71
Passes Had Intercepted 7 65 70 72
Team Passing Efficiency 57 86 85 72
Fewest Penalties Per Game 16 52 58 76
First Downs Offense 37 75 97 76
Red Zone Defense 24 19 43 78
Fewest Penalties 17 53 63 79
Punt Return Defense 102 124 120 81
Tackles for Loss Allowed 107 46 71 82
Sacks Allowed 51 58 66 84
Time of Possession 56 94 91 84

This much middling heading into the meat of the SEC schedule is concerning.

Players in the Top 30

Josh Malone is somewhat quietly becoming a real difference-maker on offense for the Vols.

Player Stat 2015 App St. VT Ohio
Micah Abernathy Fumbles Recovered 1 1
Josh Malone Receiving TDs 24 6
Corey Vereen Fumbles Recovered 11 16
Josh Malone Yards per Reception 2 6 22
Joshua Dobbs Points Responsible For 27 22
Joshua Dobbs Points Responsible For Per Game 30 24
Trevor Daniel Punting 6 3 13 28
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
Evan Berry Kickoff Returns 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