Someday Tennessee will be able to go toe-to-toe with SEC heavyweights such as LSU and Alabama. For…
Can the Vols outscore Arkansas?
Much of the news during Arkansas-Tennessee week has centered around the Razorback offense versus the Volunteer defense. Can Tennessee slow down coach Bobby Petrino's Pro-Style attack? Time will tell. If the Big Orange can't, they must get in the ball in the end zone early and often if they want to escape Fayetteville with the upset. Kickoff at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is on Saturday afternoon at 6:04 ET (TV: ESPN2). In order for Tennessee to light up the scoreboard, freshman quarterback Justin Worley must build off his performance in the 24-0 win over Middle Tennessee last week. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder completed 23 of 32 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown. "We just have to go in and execute like we did last week," Worley said. "I think we executed a lot better (against Middle Tennessee) than we did against South Carolina and that really showed and really helped us out. We just have to go in and play like we know how to." The Razorbacks (8-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) are allowing 26.4 points per game against league foes. The Vols (4-5, 0-5) are putting up just 10.2 points per game versus SEC opponents. Given that the Vols rank 118th nationally in rushing yards per game (86.6), it is safe to say that grinding away any opponent in 2011 simply isn't going to happen, which places quite a bit of pressure on the passing game. Yet, here they are, having only completed one touchdown pass in the last 21 quarters. Arkansas will game plan accordingly and likely pin its ears back in bringing pressure on Worley, most especially with defensive end Jake Bequette, who was the SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week after logging three sacks and a forced fumble in the 44-28 win over South Carolina. Vol wide receivers must break off routes and tight ends/running backs must give Worley options to dump the football when blitzes erase Worley's progression time. Da' Rick Rogers must be a difference maker and a fifth 100-yard receiving game may be a requirement. To hear more about Tennessee's plan to move the football against Arkansas, see the video interview with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney in the player below. Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James spoke about his team's side of the football at Haslam Field as well. His thoughts are in the video below.
1,122 Fans online
- Samantha Fuehring, new recruit?
- IT publisher celebrates No. 36
- Voepel reporting: Sparks fire Ross
- Blue Voter in a Red State: Why I am a Democrat.
- Nick's take on Kiffin's time at Tennessee