The only good thing Tennessee’s special teams did on Saturday was Brent Cimaglia making a chip shot field goal and Marquez Callaway getting a 14-yard punt return. Other than that? It was one of the worst special teams days I’ve seen UT have in a while.
Cimaglia had two kicks blocked, Ty Chandler made a really big mistake on a fair catch/kneel down (though I’ll cut him a little slack because that rule is confusing), and despite Jeremy Pruitt yelling at his team to watch for a punt fake, UT still allowed Missouri to convert on a fake punt for a first down. The Vols also allowed a 16-yard punt return, which isn’t a gigantic gain, but that ate up a few more yards for a Missouri offense that needed all the help it could get.
Surprisingly, Tennessee’s special teams was the worst unit on the field Saturday night. When was the last time we said that about a Tennessee football team? Two field goals blocked and the Vols allowed Missouri to execute a fake punt. It wasn’t a pretty night for special teams, including the punting.