Rashaan Gaulden Stands Out Yet Again

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    Rashaan Gaulden has arguably been the Vols’ best defensive player during the 2017 season. And national analysts seem to agree on that.

    Pro Football Focus’s college department put out their SEC Teams of the Week, and Gaulden once again impressed the folks over at Pro Football Focus.

    Earlier this season, Pro Football Focus graded Gaulden as one of the best defensive backs in the SEC through the entire year up to that point. When quarterbacks targeted a receiver Gaulden is covering, they had just a 24.4 quarterback rating at that point in the season. That was the fourth-lowest rating by a single defensive back in the conference.

    And this week, Gaulden was named to the Week 8 SEC Defensive Team of the Week.

    According to Pro Football Focus, Gaulden graded out as the second-best cornerback in SEC play this past weekend, and his score of 84.3 was the seventh-best among all SEC defenders on the team.

    Gaulden’s play on Saturday against Alabama may be remembered more for a certain double finger salute he gave Alabama fans, but he did more than just that against the Tide. Gaulden totaled two tackles, recovered Alabama’s only fumble of the game, and he broke up two passes.

    On the season, Gaulden has 42 tackles, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception, and three pass breakups.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.