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PFF Grades: Kentucky at Tennessee

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Tennessee put a four quarter beat down on Kentucky, rolling the 19th-ranked Wildcats, 44-6, inside Neyland Stadium Saturday night.

The Vols scored the game’s final 37 points as Tennessee’s defense made Kentucky quarterback Will Levis’ night miserable.

If you need a reminder on how Pro Football Focus works, read the opening of the Ball State 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 of 19 plays — 30% of offensive plays)

RT Darnell Wright — 91.2 (68 plays)

QB Hendon Hooker — 90.2 (68 plays)

RB Jaylen Wright — 85.9 (19 plays)

LT Jeremiah Crawford — 75.2 (68 plays)

C Cooper Mays — 71.2 (68 plays)

RB Jabari Small — 67.1 (48 plays)

WR Bru McCoy — 63.5 (68 plays)

TE Princeton Fant — 62.1 (24 plays)

RG Javontez Spraggins — 62.0 (68 plays)

WR Jalin Hyatt — 61.8 (63 plays)

WR Cedric Tillman — 58.9 (48 plays)

LG Jerome Carvin — 57.9 (68 plays)

TE Jacob Warren — 49.4 (45 plays)

WR Ramel Keyton — 39.7 (20 plays)

Tennessee’s offensive line has been perhaps its most improved unit this season and it showed up against Kentucky. Darnell Wright continued a tremendous season while leading the way in the PFF Grades.

It shows how good Hendon Hooker is that in a game where he played average by his standards, he posted a 90.2 PFF grade and was Tennessee’s second highest offensive player. He’s playing at an elite level.

Jaylen Wright turned in his best game of the season and the PFF Grades back it up. Wright totaled 73 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

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Defensive Grades (minimum of 18 plays — 30% of defensive plays)

S Jaylen McCollough — 74.9 (38 plays)

DT Omari Thomas — 72.7 (24 plays)

CB Doneiko Slaughter — 71.0 (47 plays)

LB Juwan Mitchell — 69.3 (30 plays)

DT Da’Jon Terry — 68.8 (20 plays)

DE Bryson Eason — 67.1 (25 plays)

CB Brandon Turnage — 65.5 (52 plays)

LB Aaron Beasley — 63.7 (27 plays)

DE Dominic Bailey — 61.9 (18 plays)

DE Kurrott Garland — 61.6 (20 plays)

DE Byron Young — 59.7 (33 plays)

S Trevon Flowers — 59.3 (52 plays)

DE Tyler Baron — 56.4 (28 plays)

STAR/S Wesley Walker — 51.9 (37 plays)

DE Roman Harrison — 50.4 (33 plays)

STAR Tamarion McDonald — 49.3 (38 plays)

LB Jeremy Banks — 48.1 (41 plays)

How about Jaylen McCollough? After being unavailable the last two games due to an ongoing legal situation, the safety linebacker came back and played one of his best games on the season. Speaking of defensive back play, Tennessee may have found its best corner with Doneiko Slaughter sliding to that spot.

We talked in the RTI Press Pass Instant Reaction podcast that I thought last night was the best game Juwan Mitchell’s played at Tennessee. The PFF numbers back it up.

Was surprised to see Byron Young grade out so poorly. Thought he performed pretty well with four tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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