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Position Grades: No. 17 West Virginia 40, Tennessee 14

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Nathanael: B+

Tennessee’s wide receivers definitely looked like a strength of the team on Saturday. Marquez Callaway led the way with seven catches for 85 yards, and he made several key grabs. Josh Palmer came down with some tough and crucial catches, and Jauan Jennings muscled his way to some impressive yards after catch. Tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson got the only touchdown reception of the day for the Vols, and it was a pretty one at the goal line. But he didn’t catch a pass the rest of the day, and none of the other Vols’ tight ends got involved in the passing game either. Still, UT’s receivers were a big plus against West Virginia.

Ben: B

Again, it’s hard to justify anyone on the offense receiving an “A.” But as I sit here and try to think of reasons not to give the receivers an “A,” I can’t. What brings the group’s play down to a “B” is the play of the tight ends. Dominick Wood-Anderson had a touchdown catch, but aside from that, the tight end production was practically non-existent, and I thought they struggled mightily in pass-protection. For the receivers, I thought they were very impressive. Marquez Callaway, Jauan Jennings, Josh Palmer, Brandon Johnson and Jordan Murphy all had nice plays on the afternoon and will be problems for opposing defensive backs this season. Callaway was the clear-cut No. 1, hauling in seven passes for 85 yards.

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