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Position Grades: Tennessee 24, Missouri 20

Offensive Line

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Nathanael: B+

The only reason I’m not giving Tennessee’s offensive line an “A” is because they struggled with consistency with their blocking in the run game, and early on they weren’t giving Guarantano a clean pocket a lot. But the pass blocking improved significantly as the game went on, and this unit did a great job of neutralizing a strong Missouri front seven. There’s a reason Trey Smith was named Offensive Lineman of the Week in the SEC, and that’s because he was knocking dudes to the ground left and right.

Ben: B

Tennessee’s offensive line did a great job of keeping Guarantano clean against Missouri. Will Friend’s unit didn’t allow a sack and opened up a couple of big holes in the running game for Tim Jordan to run through. Trey Smith and Brandon Kennedy did a really solid job against Mizzou’s Jordan Elliott and Kobi Whiteside, and it just might have proven to be the difference in the game.

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