PFF Grades: Tennessee at Missouri

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    Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

    Tennessee football earned its first SEC win of the season Saturday, massacring Missouri 62-24.

    The Vols’ offense totaled 677 yards and 452 yards on the ground on their way to a dominant victory.

    If you need a reminder on how Pro Football Focus works, read the opening of the Bowling Green grades.

    Let’s see how the Vols graded out.

    Elite grade = 90-100, All-Conference = 85-89, Starter = 70-84, Backup = 60-69, Replaceable = 60 >

    Offensive Grades (minimum 23 plays — 30% of offensive snaps)

    QB Hendon Hooker — 90.8 (76 plays)

    RB Tiyon Evans — 88.3 (30 plays)

    OT Cade Mays — 83.7 (40 plays)

    WR Velus Jones Jr. — 76.7 (53 plays)

    WR Cedric Tillman — 69.5 (75 plays)

    TE Princeton Fant — 61.5 (42 plays)

    WR JaVonta Payton — 60.3 (68 plays)

    C Jerome Carvin — 55.2 (76 plays)

    OG Ollie Lane — 52.9 (82 plays)

    OG Javontez Spraggins — 48.5 (76 plays)

    OT Darnell Wright — 48.1 (76 plays)

    OT Dayne Davis — 48.0 (26 plays)

    TE Jacob Warren — 44.7 (43 plays)

    Tennessee had a trio of running backs grade out well that didn’t play enough snaps to qualify. Jabari Small earned a 91.9 grade on 11 plays, Len’Neth Whitehead earned a 72.4 grade on 18 plays and Marcus Pierce Jr. earned a 72.1 grade on 18 plays.

    Hendon Hooker’s strong performance showed up in his grades, turning in an “elite performance” with a 90.8 grade.

    I was surprised how poorly Tennessee’s offensive line graded out. The Vols dominated in the run game and Hooker was sacked just one time.

    Defensive Grades (minimum of 21 plays — 30% of defensive snaps)

    CB Kenneth George Jr. — 74.3 (30 plays)

    DE Roman Harrison — 72.7 (38 plays)

    STAR Theo Jackson — 70.7 (43 plays)

    LB Jeremy Banks — 69.1 (48 plays)

    LB Solon Page III — 68.6 (32 plays)

    DE Tyler Baron — 67.2 (29 plays)

    DT Da’Jon Terry — 65.4 (21 plays)

    DT Matthew Butler — 65.0 (57 plays)

    DE Byron Young — 64.3 (27 plays)

    STAR Doneiko Slaughter — 64.1 (58 plays)

    CB Warren Burrell — 62.0 (57 plays)

    LB Aaron Beasley — 60.5 (55 plays)

    DE Caleb Tremblay — 59.7 (30 plays)

    DT Omari Thomas — 59.5 (21 plays)

    DE Ja’Quain Blakely — 58.1 (43 plays)

    CB Alontae Taylor — 54.0 (55 plays)

    SS Jaylen McCollough — 44.3 (75 plays)

    SS Tamarion McDonald — 33.8 (32 plays)

    Tennessee’s defensive lineman continue to litter the top of PFF grades with Roman Harrison, Da’Jon Terry and Tyler Baron turning in strong grades.

    Cornerback Kenneth George Jr. has graded out poorly in almost all of Tennessee’s games this season but was good at Missouri, earning a 74.3 grade.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.