Hot or cold: Tennessee faces tough test at No. 3 Ole Miss
The Tennessee Volunteers (3-3) will travel to Oxford, Miss., to take on No. 3 Ole Miss (6-0). The Vols are coming off a 45-10 win over Chattanooga in Week 7. The Rebels captured a 35-20 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday. Here’s a look at who’s hot or cold for Tennessee entering Saturday’s matchup.
A.J. Johnson leads the Southeastern Conference with 68 total tackles. The senior recorded nine tackles performance against Chattanooga and has recorded at least nine in each game this season. Johnson is having a career season and is a serious candidate for SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Justin Worley recorded a career-best five touchdowns in Tennessee’s 45-10 win over Chattanooga on Saturday. Worley threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-24 passing. He added two more scores on a pair of goal line QB keepers in the second and third quarters. The senior quarterback bounced back from a disappointing three turnover game against Florida in Week 6.
Jalen Hurd leads Tennessee with 374 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 84 attempts. However, the freshman phenom has seen less production the past two weeks after suffering a shoulder injury midway through the Vols’ loss to Florida. Hurd ended that game with 39 yards on 10 carries and was limited to just seven on two attempts against Chattanooga.
Tennessee’s offensive line allowed six sacks on Saturday. Unlike the previous three contests, Saturday’s matchup should have been favorable for the Vols offensive line facing an FCS team. However, the Mocs managed to pressure Worley, who had a stellar performance despite his teammates ineptitude.