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Position Grades: Tennessee 20, Mississippi State 10

Secondary

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Nathanael: A

The only unit that has struggled almost as much as Tennessee’s defensive line this season has been the Vols’ secondary. On Saturday, they performed exceptionally well. Their coverages were often superb, and UT’s front seven was able to pick up several coverage sacks as a result. Bryce Thompson himself got a sack on a blitz. Nigel Warrior played really well for a second-straight game, and he hauled in his second interception of the season. Kenneth George Jr. got his first career interception, as did Trevon Flowers. Both of those were good plays, too.

There were still some coverage issues from this group, but overall this was UT’s best game from their secondary all season.

Ben: A+

Just a terrific performance from Tennessee’s secondary led by senior safety Nigel Warrior, who played the game of his career. Warrior, Trevon Flowers, and Kenneth George Jr. all recorded an interception. Flowers made a terrific play on the ball and unfortunately broke his leg on the play. George Jr. also made a very nice play on an errant pass. The defensive backs also did a good job wrapping up and flying to the ball and gang-tackling. On most coverage busts, it seemed as if most of the fault resided with the linebackers.

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