Tennessee football will get a opportunity for a lopsided bounce-back win Saturday after a 41-34 reduction to Pittsburgh.
The Vols (1-1) will host FCS method Tennessee Tech (-2) in a nonconference recreation (midday ET, ESPN Furthermore) with blowout likely.
Tennessee Tech acquired only 121 yards of whole offense and six first downs in a 26- loss to Furman. So the Vols should not have substantially hassle.
Below are 3 matters we’re viewing for UT’s third game 7 days:
Will hurt and absent gamers return to lineup?
Quarterback Joe Milton, jogging back Jabari Tiny and vast receiver Jalin Hyatt remaining the Pitt game with accidents. Middle Cooper Mays missed the sport with an ankle personal injury endured in the opening earn about Bowling Eco-friendly.
Working again Tiyon Evans and defensive lineman LaTrell Bumphus missed the sport for unspecified reasons. And edge rusher Byron Young did not perform owing to NCAA eligibility concerns related to a school he previously attended.
The Vols would like to get those gamers in the lineup. But it’s much more essential that the staff is near to entire toughness for the SEC opener at Florida on Sept. 25. Mentor Josh Heupel ought to make selections about who to engage in and who to sit, particularly if they’re not 100%.
Is the quarterback competition rebooted?
Milton, a Michigan transfer, has performed 6 quarters for UT with mixed success. He is 18-of-35 passing for 189 yards and one particular TD, alongside with 98 hurrying yards and two TDs.
Hendon Hooker, a Virginia Tech transfer, has played a little much more than a 50 %. He is 16-of-22 passing for 193 yards, two TDs and one particular interception, alongside with 49 rushing yards.
Both quarterbacks have missing fumbles. And sophomore Harrison Bailey hasn’t played yet.
Heupel could stick with Milton for a 3rd straight commence. He could go with Hooker, even if Milton is healthy, to see him in action for a total sport. He could perform both of those of them or give Bailey a shot.
The quarterback competitiveness requirements additional clarity just before UT heads to The Swamp to experience the Gators.
Depth chart expanding or nearing finality?
After the Pitt recreation, Heupel pointed to some pivotal evaluations at a number of positions, and not just quarterback.
“We’ll appraise everybody and how they performed, so that may perhaps be a lot more possibilities for guys and some of it may possibly just be cleansing up some matters,” Heupel said.
UT must rout Tennessee Tech. Coaches could dig deep into their rotation to give enjoying time to inexperienced gamers, or they have their ideal players monopolize reps in a ultimate tune-up ahead of facing Florida.
Really do not assume several adjustments to the depth chart produced on Monday. The only tweak from Week 1 to Week 2 was naming Southern Cal transfer Chase McGrath the setting up kicker.
But with already two games to appraise positions and UT’s worst opponent coming in, this could be the very last opportunity for reserves to make a transfer. If they really don’t perform in opposition to Tennessee Tech, they most likely will not get key snaps in upcoming SEC video games.
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