Hot or Cold: Tennessee looks to snap SEC losing streak at South Carolina
What’s the temperature like in Knoxville, Tenn.? Here’s who’s hot or cold for the Tennessee Volunteers.
Entering the game facing a 13-0 deficit that grew to 20-0 by his second series, Joshua Dobbs managed to spark Tennessee’s offense by adding a dual-threat option capable of producing on the ground AND through the air. The sophomore threw for 192 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 19-of-32 passing and added a team-best 75 rushing yards on 19 attempts. The Vols outscored the Tide 20-14 for the remainder of the game, despite losing 34-20.
Despite missing multiple practices while battling the flu earlier in the week, Josh Malone recorded his first collegiate touchdown reception. on Saturday The freshman connected with Dobbs on a 9-yard scoring play for his only catch of the game.
Malone has made progress as of late, coming off a career 75-yard performance on five catches. Facing fellow freshman Al Harris Jr., Malone should see another strong performance at South Carolina.
Cameron Sutton had only allowed one opposing wide receiver to record over 100 receiving yards entering Saturday’s game. But facing Amari Cooper, the SEC’s best receiver, Sutton allowed 224 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. The sophomore will need to see a bounce back performance facing South Carolina’s talented receiving corps., including Pharoh Cooper.
Guess what, Tennessee’s offensive line is still terrible. Although the Vols only allowed two sacks, it was more a product of Josh Dobbs’ decision to take off and run rather than stay in the pocket. Alabama still recorded seven tackles for loss, including two sacks.
Tennessee will be fortunate to have a mobile quarterback in the current scheme given the offensive line’s horrendous play. Rather than sit in the pocket and be exposed to the pass rush, Dobbs will at least have a chance to evade tacklers.