The emergence of Tennessee’s high-powered, fast-moving offense has been one of the most intriguing storylines in the SEC this season. Josh Heupel, however, sees one “glaring” issue with his Vols offense after 10 games.

On Thursday, Heupel was asked about his offensive line. In answering the question, Heupel discussed pass protection as a whole, pointing out that the issue extends beyond the offense line.

“I think the glaring thing for us as an offense, if you just look at statistically where we’re at and who we’ve been, I think our pass protection is something that we have to continue to improve on,” Heupel said in his press conference. “Everyone’s going to think o-line right there, immediately as you say that, but it’s really everybody. It’s running backs included, it’s quarterback and the wide receivers doing the right thing at the right time and getting open quickly. I think pass protection is something we’ve got to continue to clean up. Obviously, we’ve played some really good defenses that can get after the quarterback, too. As a whole, as a group, I think when we got Cooper (Mays) back, everybody kind of fell into their natural position, we’ve been at our best with that group. We expect them to play at a really high level on Saturday.”

In the Week 11 loss to Georgia, the Tennessee offense was held under 20 points for just the second time this season. The Vols look to bounce back Saturday against South Alabama.

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