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Position Grades: Tennessee 17, Kentucky 13

Special Teams

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Nathanael: B

The only knock on this group is a pretty big one, and that’s the fumbled snap and subsequent blocked punt with Paxton Brooks. That gave Kentucky superb field position inside UT’s own 30, and they scored in two plays after that, building their lead to 13-0 in the first quarter. Other than that, though, Tennessee’s special teams performed well. Brent Cimaglia made his only field goal attempt from 26 yards out, and Brooks’ other three punts were successful, with all three of them being downed inside the 20. Tennessee’s coverage teams were also very solid.

Ben: A

Special teams wasn’t very active against Kentucky, but when they were called upon, they did their job, particularly Brent Cimaglia and Paxton Brooks. Cimaglia made his only field goal attempt from 26 yards out, while Brooks averaged 47.0 yards per punt, down all three punts inside the 20, punted two balls over 50 yards and had a long of 57 yards.

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