Stats don't lie: Alabama pass rushers may feast on Tennessee OL
The Tennessee offensive line group has been a bit of an adventure for head coach Butch Jones through the first six games of the season.
Injuries, inconsistency, and a constant shuffling of personnel have directly contributed to the issues up front. It’s a bit surprising — considering the Vols returned four starters from a year ago.
No. 1 Alabama will stroll into Knoxville this upcoming weekend…with a supremely dynamic group of pass rushers. The likes of Tim Williams, Ryan Anderson, and Jonathan Allen have combined for 13.0 sacks.
The trio is ferocious — and all play with incredible effort.
Tennessee have allowed 67 total pressures on 216 pass blocking snaps, 2nd worst in the SEC. And here comes Bama w/ Williams/Allen/Anderson
— Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon) October 12, 2016
This doesn’t necessarily bode well for Tennessee. The Volunteers have allowed the second-most amount of pressures on passing attempts in the conference.
However, UT does have a wildcard in this scenario: QB Joshua Dobbs. The senior possesses the ability to evade pressure and scramble should the play break down. Against the Crimson Tide, he may need to extend plays with his legs — thus becoming a factor in the run game.