The Tennessee offense is broken.
I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. They haven’t scored a touchdown in ten quarters of play. That’s shocking. We haven’t seen a touchdown since Tyler Byrd scored on UMass.
Butch Jones made a change at quarterback today, plugging Jarrett Guarantano into the starting lineup for the first time. In the first half, things seemed to be improving. Guarantano was able to use his legs to extend some drives. John Kelly and the offensive line were running pretty well, but the points just didn’t come.
Tennessee added three field goals to the scoreboard, but their inability to cash in on those drives ultimately cost them the game.
I thought we saw some flashes out of Guarantano today, but the consistency isn’t there. It’s important to remember that he’s just a redshirt freshman, but still.
Butch Jones isn’t going to be able to save himself with this offense. His team put up 253 yards of offense today and went just 3-12 on third down. How they were even in this game is a testament to how well the defense played.
Guarantano finished 11-18 for 133 yards. He didn’t commit any turnovers, but he wasn’t able to cash in for six either. Every opponent knows that a healthy amount of John Kelly is going to come at them. Tennessee has to find a way to make teams respect their passing attack in order to open things up for him.
Until they do, you can expect this touchdown-less streak to continue. Especially with Alabama up next.