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
|Blocked Kicks Allowed||28||1||1||1|
|Blocked Punts Allowed||64||1||1||1|
|Red Zone Offense||82||1||1||1|
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
|Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game||6||62||71||95|
|Fewest Penalty Yards||6||63||72||99|
|Passing Yards per Completion||87||64||96||103|
|4th Down Conversion Pct||6||73||101||113|
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
|Passing Yards Allowed||57||17||29||35|
|Kickoff Return Defense||15||30||55||42|
|Team Passing Efficiency Defense||35||61||78||44|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense||4||24||58||47|
|4th Down Conversion Pct Defense||123||70||58||51|
|First Downs Defense||30||50||61||57|
|Team Tackles for Loss||80||55||42||63|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct||20||59||99||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|
|Punt Return Defense||102||124||120||81|
|Tackles for Loss Allowed||107||46||71||82|
|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.
|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|
|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|
|Jalen Reeves-Maybin||Fumbles Recovered||23|