The Butch Jones era is alive and well, and the Vols get off to the 2-0 start in 2013. Here are three takeaways:
Pick city: The biggest question mark on Tennessee’s defense are the cornerbacks. Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton posted two pick sixes today, as part of WKU’s five first-quarter turnovers. The Vols picked off five passes in total, and they are +7 in TO margin through two weeks. I’m not concerned about Tennessee’s first-team defense, but the lack of depth, especially in the secondary, is concerning moving forward. Credit to the defense for forcing seven turnovers, the most since 1984.
Offensive: Although Tennessee torched the Hilltoppers’ with 52 points, the offense had some issues in the first half. QB Justin Worley finished 11 of 19 for 142 yards, one TD and one INT. The one player who should be the happiest with Butch Jones’ scheme is RB Rajion Neal. Neal has scored four TDs in two weeks – three today – and he’ll be a big part of the game plan moving forward. The first drive to start the second half of five plays for 59 yards and a touchdown really put the game away.
Sample size: Overall through two weeks, I’m still not sure whether we know how good the Vols really are, but we do know they are going to run the football and take advantages of turnovers. The offensive execution isn’t that crisp, but it has worked through two weeks. Things get real next week against the elite Oregon, but the better measuring stick may be in two weeks against Florida.
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