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Position Grades: Tennessee 20, Mississippi State 10

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Nathanael: B+

It was a low key day for Tennessee’s pass catchers, but Tyler Byrd made the play of his career on his 39-yard touchdown, taking a simple, short route and turning it into an explosive play. Dominick Wood-Anderson made a nice 28-yard grab to get things going on offense, and Ramel Keyton made a difficult catch for 41 yards. Aside from those plays, there wasn’t much to talk about from UT’s wide receivers and tight ends. Tennessee just didn’t pass the ball a whole lot.

Ben: A-

The only play that was a negative from the wide receivers and tight ends in my mind was the pass Josh Palmer dropped on a wide receiver screen. Other than that, the group wasn’t called upon, but when they were, they succeeded. Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop did a great job of taking Marquez Callaway and Jauan Jennings out of the equation, but it opened up chances for guys like Ramel Keyton and Tyler Byrd. The two took advantage as Keyton hauled in his first career reception, and Byrd was the team’s leading receiver while scoring the game-sealing touchdown.

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