The Tennessee/Mississippi State Grade Book
Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 20, 2008
Eric Berry broke the SEC career return-yardage record with his 10th career interception in only 21 games.
“I’ve never seen anybody like Eric Berry,” said Fulmer.
“It’s amazing what he does when he has the football in his hands.”
That being said I’m still worried about the offense even though they managed to score 20 of the 34 points.
Let’s review the grades.
Stephens was 10 of 20 in the passing game with 136 yards to show for it and continues to run the offense better than the former starting QB which we won’t mention. He showed that he has a good pocket presence and even some wheels when he broke out for an 18 yard run.
Running backs C-
Though the backs are still struggling, Creer is showing excellent vision and cutting ability. He ran for 68 yards in 17 carries. He showed he has a good second effort on his 1 yard TD run.
Wide receivers D
For once I would like to see the offense run on all cylinders. Lucas Taylor made a clutch grab on fourth-down & Denarius Moore reeled in a 45-yard strike from Stephens to stretch the defense. Gerald Jones went out with an ankle sprain and never touched the ball and of course Stocker dropped one. Don’t we have another tight end named Warren? Where was he?
Offensive line C
For once this season they had zero penalties. Miracles do happen! The run blocking improved this game however they are still lacking that dominance that the past O-lines had.
Defensive line A-
Three sacks which is something that has been lacking this season. The tackles did an awesome job jamming up the interior running lanes.
McKenzie had two sacks and Wilson tipped two passes that resulted in interceptions. McKenzie, however, was faked out of his shoes by the QB in the open field, leading to a first down. McCoy failed to show up again. He only had two tackles.
Eric Berry & Demetrice Morley each returned interceptions for touchdowns. Berry also had 10 tackles in the game and a QB sack. This secondary might be the best in the SEC.
Special teams D+
Britton Colquitt shanked a 26 yard punt off his foot. Was he drunk? Lincoln Logs continues to struggle by missing a 34-yard field goal. Decent coverage on kick offs and punts. Rogan had a 40 yard runback.
Clearly the best job this season. The game plan was sound. The offense was 7 of 15 on 3rd down conversions. For once Fulmer gambled on 4th down which led to a touchdown.
It was a nice and convincing win and the VOLS got the crowd involved. Though the team still needs work this was a huge step in the right direction. At times they looked somewhat like the Tennessee teams of old.