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PFF Grades: Tennessee At Vanderbilt

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Tennessee capped off its regular season strong, dominating Vanderbilt, 56-0, at FirstBank Stadium in Knoxville.

With quarterback Hendon Hooker sidelined, Tennessee leaned on its run game. The Vols tallied four rushing touchdowns 50 yards or longer on their way to 362 yards on the game.

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 16 plays — 30% of offensive plays) + Jaylen Wright

RB Jaylen Wright — 84.4 (11 plays)

RB Jabari Small — 77.5 (21 plays)

RB Dylan Sampson — 77.2 (21 plays)

QB Joe Milton III — 75.6 (50 plays)

WR Jalin Hyatt — 74.0 (43 plays)

OG Ollie Lane — 69.4 (26 plays)

OG Jerome Carvin — 65.0 (20 plays)

RT Darnell Wright — 62.9 (50 plays)

WR Squirrel White — 60.1 (47 plays)

C Cooper Mays — 57.3 (50 plays)

OG Javontez Spraggins — 56.1 (49 plays)

WR Ramel Keyton — 55.0 (48 plays)

OT Dayne Davis — 53.8 (24 plays)

LT Jeremiah Crawford — 53.4 (31 plays)

TE Princeton Fant — 50.7 (27 plays)

TE Jacob Warren — 48.6 (27 plays)

Tennessee’s running backs expectedly led the way for the PFF grades after turning in a massive night against Vanderbilt. How about Jaylen Wright? The sophomore played just 11 plays and ran five times for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Credit to Ollie Lane who came in for an injured Jerome Carvin and graded out as Tennessee’s highest offensive lineman.

I was a little surprised that Joe Milton III graded out quite as highly as he did. He made a lot of correct reads and I figured he’d grade out well but not quite that well.

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Defense (23 plays — 30% of defensive plays)

STAR Tamarion McDonald — 81.2 (70 plays)

DE Tyler Baron — 79.4 (30 plays)

MLB Jeremy Banks — 78.4 (48 plays)

S Jaylen McCollough — 76.0 (70 plays)

S Wesley Walker — 73.3 (70 plays)

DE Kurrott Garland — 69.5 (34 plays)

DE Roman Harrison — 68.2 (31 plays)

CB William Wright — 67.6 (30 plays)

DT Omari Thomas — 66.3 (28 plays)

CB Kamal Hadden — 65.3 (70 plays)

DT LaTrell Bumphus — 65.3 (34 plays)

CB Christian Charles — 60.6 (49 plays)

LB Solon Page III — 58.4 (29 plays)

LB Juwan Mitchell — 55.4 (38 plays)

LB Aaron Beasley — 52.6 (34 plays)

DE Byron Young — 51.1 (54 plays)

Tamarion McDonald has quietly been one of Tennessee’s best defensive backs this season and he capped off the regular season with a strong person.

So did Tyler Baron who’s been up-and-down this season but has played some of his best football in the final three weeks of the season.

It was a poor day for Tennessee’s linebacker unit. Besides Jeremy Banks— who played well after returning from his unavailability —  the Vols linebackers struggled.

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