Tennessee enters its bye week coming off a 34-10 road loss to Oklahoma. Here’s a look inside some of the numbers.


209: Freshman Jalen Hurd leads Tennessee in rushing yards through three games. The five-star prospect has seen a 48-34 edge in rushing attempts over senior Marlin Lane, despite being listed behind the veteran on the Vols’ depth chart. Hurd has seen a progression in each game, rushing for 29 yards in Week 1, 83 yards in Week 2 and 97 yards in Week 3.

23.26%: Third down for what? Tennessee’s defense has forced fourth down 77 percent of the time this season. The Vols’ opponents are 10-of-43 on third down conversions this season. Tennessee even managed to hold Oklahoma to a 3-of-12 third down efficiency in the blowout loss, forcing several field goal attempts due to excellent field position.

29: A.J. Johnson leads the SEC in tackles through three games. Johnson, who was projected to both the All-SEC First Team and All-SEC Coaches First Team has continued his dominance in his senior season. Being surrounded by the most talented group of teammates he’s had since his arrival has only done wonders for the middle linebacker.


13:  The number of plays in which an Oklahoma defender either sacked or hurried Justin Worley. Worley was sacked five times and hurried eight. The offensive line looked abysmal against the Sooners’ stellar pass rush and needs to improve before entering a tough SEC schedule.

66.7: Aaron Medley’s field goal percentage is a cause for concern. The freshman has struggled during his first season, missing kicks in both of Tennessee’s first two games. Tennessee refuses to name an official starter between Medley and George Bullock, however, has allowed Meldey to kick in all three games thus far.

57.14%: Tennessee’s red zone success against Oklahoma was hardly successful. The Vols struggled to capitalize on close possessions, while the Sooners finished with a 92.88 success rate. Tennessee will need to capitalize in the red zone against top-tier SEC defenses in order to finish 2014 with a winning record.