Here’s my rapid fire observations from the game … broken down by the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- Tony Creecy (10 carries, 48 yards) and Mustafa Greene (11 carries, 53 yards) both averaging a healthy 4.8 yards per carry.
- Tight ends Mario Carter and Asa Watson combining for 9 catches and 96 yards.
- Quintin Payton breaking out for 4 catches and 129 yards almost surpassing his career numbers (11 for 145) in 23 prior games.
- Not trying to jinx us but … coming out of a tough physical game against an SEC opponent with no major injuries.
- The defensive front seven struggling against the run (191 total yards, 5.0 yards per carry) and getting no pressure on Tennessee QB Tyler Bray all night long.
- James Washington (5 carries, 12 yards) averaging a meager 2.4 yards per carry.
- Our third down conversion rate 37.5% (6 for 16) compared to Tennessee’s third down conversion rate 47.4% (9 for 19).
- Getting outgained in total yards by Tennessee 524 to 407.
- Mike Glennon … 4 INTs and 1 fumble that led to a safety. Bad decisions + bad throws = ugly game.
- David Amerson’s NFL draft stock after getting torched on 2 deep TD throws and getting outran on another long TD run.
- Losing the time of possession battle 27:01 to 17:59 over the final 3 quarters.
- TOB’s record in season opening games falling to 2-4 overall, 0-4 against FBS opponents.
- The NCAA suspending C.J. Wilson for 4 games after graduating early, but not passing enough hours last spring just mere days after telling UNC it’s okay for making up fake AFAM classes to keep its players eligible.
I’m gonna pass on the report card this week. Just know that all the grades were bad, real bad.