Tennessee is mired in distress following a 24-13 decline to Arkansas on Saturday gave the Vols’ a four-recreation getting rid of streak.
Right here are five observations that stood out on film examine of the most up-to-date debacle for the Vols (2-4).
Huge performs doom Tennessee’s defense
Tennessee had two performs of at least 20 yards Saturday. Arkansas had two times that numerous in the 3rd quarter by yourself, when the Razorbacks outscored the Vols 24-.
Here’s a recap of Tennessee’s breakdowns on those plays:
Feleipe Franks connects with Mike Woods for 56 yards: Franks utilized a engage in-motion fake to pull safety Jaylen McCollough toward the line of scrimmage and in no situation to offer above-the-leading pass coverage. That remaining Kenneth George Jr. by itself in 1-on-1 coverage with Woods. George compelled Woods out of bounds through his route. A flag was thrown for go interference, but that did not stop Woods from re-developing himself in bounds, doing the job earlier George and catching Franks’ effectively-thrown deep ball.
Trelon Smith operates for 22 yards: Lineman Omari Thomas and linebackers Quavaris Crouch and Henry To’o To’o were all in a whisker of Smith around the line of scrimmage, but he zoomed previous all three.
Franks connects with Treylon Burks for 59 yards: Tennessee rushed a few, and Franks experienced 5.1 seconds to scan the area. He ultimately shifted remaining in the pocket and uncorked a bomb to Burks, who had sneaked guiding McCollough.
Franks operates for 24 yards: George came on a cornerback blitz. Linebackers Deandre Johnson and To’o To’o peeled away in go coverage, leaving the center of the discipline vacated. Franks took off for quick scramble yardage.
3rd downs also doom Tennessee’s defense
Arkansas was 5 for 5 on 3rd downs for the duration of its 75-lawn landing push to get started the 3rd quarter. The Razorbacks necessary anywhere from 2 to 5 yards on these conversions and combined it up with a few passes and two runs.
Two times, Franks appeared to verify into a new enjoy before the snap. People changes resulted in runs of 5 and 3 yards to go the chains.
Franks finished a 6-yard move to limited conclude Hudson Henry on enjoy action.
Tennessee’s defense appeared baffled on its alignment when Arkansas employed hurry-up offense right before a person third-down enjoy, and Franks accomplished a 12-garden pass to Burks on a slant.
Franks also froze blitzing nickelback Theo Jackson and To’o To’o on a participate in-motion bogus and flipped to Blake Kern, his H-again, for a 10-lawn obtain on a 3rd-and-2.
High-priced miscues stall Vols’ initial travel
Tennessee marched properly on its opening drive until a keeping penalty on Trey Smith, who couldn’t handle Isaiah Nichols in a 1-on-1 blocking assignment. Smith hooked an arm all around Nichols to keep him from acquiring to Jarrett Guarantano.
That set Tennessee guiding the sticks, and on 3rd-and-13, Tennessee experimented with a wide receiver display screen go to Jalin Hyatt. Arkansas rushed six defenders, offering the monitor a chance to do the job. But Hyatt’s supposed convoy of Brandon Johnson, Darnell Wright and Cade Mays all stood by and viewed as two defensive backs ran earlier them and stuffed Hyatt.
The Vols settled for a area intention.
Jim Chaney’s get in touch with fails on significant third down
Tennessee trailed 14-13 when it faced an important third-and-2 throughout the third quarter. Brian Maurer had replaced the injured Guarantano.
Eric Grey had acquired 3 yards on a study-selection handoff on 2nd down. One more go through alternative, in which the cell Maurer could have threatened the defense with the likelihood of trying to keep the ball, seemed like a probability.
As an alternative, UT despatched Velus Jones Jr. in movement, teasing the likelihood of a jet sweep. Maurer handed off to Gray. Arkansas received the line of scrimmage and stuffed Grey.
“Puzzling,” SEC Community analyst Jordan Rodgers reported of the play contact through the broadcast.
Matthew Butler goes the distance
Matthew Butler logged six tackles for the 2nd straight activity, and he continues to be the iron gentleman of the Vols’ defensive entrance. He played 53 of Tennessee’s 70 defensive snaps, in accordance to Professional Football Aim, and he’s now averaging 45.8 snaps for each video game. That is a heavy exercise routine for a defensive lineman.
Butler led all UT defensive linemen last year by averaging 34.4 snaps for each video game.
Tennessee has been on a failed quest all season for better effectiveness from its defensive front.
Butler and fellow senior LaTrell Bumphus have been the most effective linemen, and Bumphus is now out for the year following suffering a knee personal injury in the course of pregame warmups Saturday.
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