Tennessee Volunteers: What We Learned In Week 4, What To Look For In Week 5
The Tennessee Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) are a very generous bunch. Last week against Florida, Tennessee had six turnovers in a 31-17 loss. Nathan Peterman and Justin Worley threw two interceptions each, and the Vols also lost two fumbles.
Surprisingly, Tennessee’s offensive troubles are starting up front. The offensive line is not playing physical enough. Despite being considered one of the top offensive lines in the country, but they haven’t been able to open running lanes or pass protect very well against a couple great defensive lines the last two weeks. The lack of consistency up front is allowing defenses to stay in man coverage and stack the box to stop the run. Obviously, if you’ve seen the Vols’ last two games, it hasn’t been pretty offensively.
One thing that’s certain after Week 4 is Worley is now the undisputed starter at QB. Peterman had surgery on his hand to repair an injury suffered while struggling through his first college start at Florida. Peterman was 4-of-11 for five yards with two interceptions and one fumble before being replaced late in the first half by Worley, who had started Tennessee’s first three games.
Peterman was somehow able to commit those three turnovers despite only being in the game for 17 plays. We’re still wondering why Butch Jones decided to switch it up on the road against a top-notch defense and 90,000 screaming Gators.
What to look for in Week 5: Can the Vols regain their offensive footing against Sun Belt opponent South Alabama? If the struggles continue this week, the outlook for the rest of the season could be pretty grim, as Tennessee’s next three games are against ranked opponents – No. 9 Georgia, No. 12 South Carolina and at No. 1 Alabama.