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    [2021] SEC Network Season in Review and Season Preview: Tennessee

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    After losing 6 players to the 2021 draft, the Vols looked to Adrian Goldson and freshman Eddie Clinton to take this team forward, but it started off poorly. Following the departure of legendary coach SageBow (41-19 record) in the middle of the season after picking up their first win of the season in the Third Saturday in October, the Vols turned to former Kent State head man TazerMan to bring the team back to its winning ways. Goldson and Clinton turned a corner, and Parker Holmes lit up offensive lines across the country, winning 6 of the last 7 regular season games. The Vols have a bright future but the youth movement is going to have to work if they want to be a contender in the SEC.

     

    Coming into the season

    Key Losses:

    RB Nikita Crowe 5-11 226 (Sr) McClellan Magnet (Little Rock AR) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power]

    OT Damian Mason 6-3 296 (Sr) Riverdale (Murfreesboro TN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking]

     C Toma Malifa 6-1 258 (Sr) Hall (Little Rock AR) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking]

    DE Eric Jamison 6-3 248 (Sr) So. Baptist Educational Center (TN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]

    OLB Micah Singletary 6-2 229 (Sr) Donelson Christian Academy (TN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz]

    OLB Nathaniel Jeffries 5-11 253 (Sr) Cumberland County (Crossville TN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz]

    CB Miles Gray 5-10 195 Sr Ellsworth CC (Iowa Falls, IA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage]

    Key Returners/Newcomers:

    QB Adrian Goldson 6-1 215 (So) Watertown (Watertown, TN) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pocket]

     RB Eddie Clinton 5-7 219 (Fr) Ripley (Ripley TN) 3.0 of 4.5 [Power]

    WR Marcus Holmes 6-1 172 Sr Dyersburg State Community College (Dyersburg TN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed]

    WR Cameron Moss 5-11 180 (Jr) Cook (Adel, GA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Target]

    TE Arturo Negron 6-1 238 (Jr) Hargrave Military Academy (, VA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Blocking]

    OT Anthony Krause 6-4 329 (Jr) Stockton (Stockton, MO) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]

    OG Donald Kendrick 6-7 272 (Jr) Alma (Alma, AR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]

    DE Parker Holmes 6-3 247 Sr Baltimore City Community College (Baltimore, MD) 5.0 of 5.0 [Contain]

    ILB Marcus Coles 6-2 230 (So) Stockton (Stockton, MO) 3.0 of 5.0 [Mike]

    ATH Brian Gross 6-1 234 (Sr) Warren County (McMinnville, TN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will]

     

    Record: 7-6 (5-3)

    Results

    At TCU (L 7-9)

    Florida (L 28-14)

    Maryland (L 20-13)

    At Georgia (L 6-13)

    Alabama (W 24-30)

    FAU (W 7-38)

    At South Carolina (W 38-27)

    Kentucky (W 28-55)

    At Washington (W 19-10)

    Missouri (L 45-34)

    At Auburn (W 30-27)

    At Vanderbilt (W 38-6)

    Notre Dame (L 20-23)

     

    Season Rundown

    The Good

    Parker Holmes was a man possessed, finishing with 49 tackles, 13 TFLs, 16.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 13 games, taking home SEC Defensive Player of the Year honours and coming close to being name All-American. However, the pressure he applied let the unknown Owen Hein intercept 8 passes, return 1 for a touchdown and defend 4 more on the way to being named an All-American. Marcus Coles was an anchor in the middle with 47 tackles, 4 for a loss with 2 sacks and a pass defended. After SageBow's departure and a scheme shakeup the offense got hot, as balancing the offense opened everything up. Goldson threw 14 TDs and 3 INTs in his last 8 games with an 8 YPA, and Eddie Clinton averaged 115.5 over his final 8, scoring 13 TDs in those final 8, picking up an average of 5 yards per attempt. The offensive line had the 5th best rating in the conference and only allowed 17 sacks, setting up this turn around. Huge upsets over then #5 South Carolina and then #1 Auburn were the signature wins for this team, leading them to a bowl game after one of the worst starts in program history, and keeping losses to TCU, Maryland, Georgia and Notre Dame within one score. 

     

    The Bad

    The first 4 games were terrible. An anemic offense was disguising the fact the defense was quietly over performing despite a lack of talent in many areas. Goldson had a 107 QBR, 4-6 TD-INT ratio and a 6.12 yards per attempt mark and was being tasked with throwing the ball 30+ times a game. Clinton was averaging 36.5 yards a game with no touchdowns over his first 4 games at 3 YPC. Marcus Holmes was very disappointing after 2 years of hype for his connection with Goldson built, finishing second to 3 star recruit Cameron Moss, finishing with 53/763/7 and 4 drops, and struggling to stretch the field despite his showing at the combine. The offense faced 3rd down often, with 163 attempts, 38.6% of which were converted, showing the inefficiencies despite a mostly strong performance. 

     

    Looking Forward

    Key Losses:

    WR Marcus Holmes 6-1 172 Sr Dyersburg State Community College (Dyersburg TN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed]

    OT Anthony Krause 6-4 329 (Jr) Stockton (Stockton, MO) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]

    DE Parker Holmes 6-3 247 Sr Baltimore City Community College (Baltimore, MD) 5.0 of 5.0 [Contain]

    ATH Brian Gross 6-1 234 (Sr) Warren County (McMinnville, TN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will]

    CB Owen Hein 5-10 191 (Sr) Evarts (Evarts, KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]

    Key Returners

    QB Adrian Goldson 6-1 215 (Jr) Watertown (Watertown, TN) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pocket]

    RB Eddie Clinton 5-7 219 (So) Ripley (Ripley TN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power]

    TE Arturo Negron 6-1 238 (Sr) Hargrave Military Academy (, VA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blocking]

     

    OG Jake Phelps 6-2 325 (Jr) Alonso (Tampa, FL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking]

    OG Donald Kendrick 6-7 272 (Sr) Alma (Alma, AR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]

    FS Harrison Fontaine 6-2 219 (So) Heritage (Maryville TN) 3.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]

    ILB Marcus Coles 6-2 230 (Jr) Stockton (Stockton, MO) 4.5 of 5.0 [Mike]

    Key Newcomers/New starters

    OT Slawomir Krychowiak 6-6 295 Jr (Krakow Poland) 4.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking]

    DE Orlando Redd 6-0 268 Jr Paris Junior College (Paris TX) 3.5 of 4.0 [Contain]

    OLB Sebastian Shockley 6-3 217 (Fr) Morristown-Hamblen West ( TN) 2.0 of 5.0 [Blitz]

    ILB Jaiden Richardson 5-11 233 (Fr) Schley County (Ellaville GA) 2.0 of 4.5 [Will]

    CB Brendan Plummer 6-0 186 (Fr) Cosby (Cosby TN) 3.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage]

    CB Marcus Ivy 5-10 195 Fr William Blount (Maryville TN) 2.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage]

    SS Zac Hudson 6-0 194 (So) Father Ryan (Nashville TN) 3.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]

     

    Recruiting Ranking: 34th, 9th in the SEC 

     

    2022 Schedule and predictions: 7-5 (4-4)

    At Nebraska

    Georgia Southern

    At Florida

    USC

    Mississipi State

    At Maryland

    Georgia

    At Alabama

    At Kentucky

    South Carolina

    At Missouri

    Vanderbilt

     

    Despair

    The Volunteers defense has 9 new starters, 7 of whom are freshmen. Marcus Coles and Harrison Fontaine are going to have to cover for a lot of mental errors from all this inexperience, and the offense might struggle to keep up with opposing offenses who can exploit the worst ranked defense in the SEC and the 82nd worst in the country by some metrics. Anthony Krause's early declaration to the pros means that the international Slawomir Krychowiak will be protecting Goldson's blindside, which could be an interesting challenge for the Polish Bear (Nickname up to debate). The receiver group doesn't look great on paper, as Moss is the only proven weapon and he is limited, Tinsley hasn't look good in spring training and Negron is definitely a blocker. 

     

    Hope

    Tennessee only have 11 seniors this year, and 8 are starters. This team is not at full power yet, and 2023 will be a great culmination of youth and experience. The Goldson-Clinton backfield will be one of the best in the conference after another off-season together, with Clinton having another exceptional off-season for his individual development. The defense can only go up, and with 3 5 star redshirt freshmen they could be very dangerous in the coming years, and Marcus Coles has a great opportunity to show how good he is to scouts and the country. The offensive line remains talented and with the leadership of Donald Kendrick they could pave the way for another 1000 yard season for Clinton and keep Goldy upright.

     

     

    Thank you for reading, feel free to discuss, comment or question!

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    I like The Polish Bear! I think Tennessee is gonna struggle a bit this year, but look for a bounce-back year in Goldson's final campaign. Looks like a decent bowl game is a realistic hope, and continue to build for the future. 

     

    As long as you've got The Polish Bear, you're good!

     

    (Good read, thanks for doing these...)

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    2 minutes ago, SageBow said:

    Sorry for only recruiting offense until 2020 and making you have 8 freshmen on defense!

    I mean I have some damn talented freshmen so I'm not too upset.

     

    11 minutes ago, bingo415 said:

    I like The Polish Bear! I think Tennessee is gonna struggle a bit this year, but look for a bounce-back year in Goldson's final campaign. Looks like a decent bowl game is a realistic hope, and continue to build for the future. 

     

    As long as you've got The Polish Bear, you're good!

     

    (Good read, thanks for doing these...)

    Thanks on all accounts. 2023 looks to be a fun year for the Knoxville faithful

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