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Position Grades: Tennessee 24, Missouri 20

Special Teams

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Nathanael: F

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.

Ben: F

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.

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