Tennessee’s quarterback report cast casts doubt on Tennessee’s offensive struggles
Posted On August 2, 2021
On Thursday, Tennessee’s season was cut short when Jake Locker suffered a concussion.
With the loss, the Vols lost their top-ranked offense, which led them to a 5-0 record and an 11-1 mark in conference play.
The Titans, however, were able to pull out a 10-3 win over North Carolina.
Tennessee had the ball for just 7:35 in the second quarter and trailed 21-10 at the half.
Locker’s return to the field in the final minute was a big reason why.
Locksley finished the game with 14 passes, the most of any Tennessee player.
He was sacked eight times, and he completed 12 of his 14 passes.
Tennessee was also in control of the game at the end of the first quarter when Locker ran for a touchdown and completed a 3-yard pass to Rashaad Penny.
Tennessee led 13-0 entering the third quarter, and Locker completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Penny.
He completed 11 of his 13 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Tennessee went into halftime with a 9-3 lead and scored a touchdown on its first possession.
The Vols had just one offensive play of 20 yards or more.
That came on a 4-yard scoring pass from Locker to D.J. Moore, who caught it on the 1-yard line.
Moore ran for 32 yards on six carries.
Tennessee then turned to its second unit for a 15-play, 96-yard drive, with Locker completing 11 of 16 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
The drive ended when Locksleys hit DeAndre Goolsby for a 14-yard TD pass.
The offense then scored on a 3, 2, 1, 1 play on Tennessees next possession.
Lockingers last score of the second half came on his next drive.
He ran for 21 yards on eight carries.
After a sack by Trevon Jenkins, LocksLEY connected with Goolsbys third touchdown pass of the night, a 26-yarder.
LOCKSON’S FINAL QUARTER After Tennessee’s loss, Locker was replaced by redshirt freshman Jake Luton.
He finished the night with just four carries for 15 yards.
He had three carries for 11 yards on the next drive and was sacked three times.
Luton completed a 5th down pass to a wide open Penny, who made the play to the right of the end zone for a 31-yard score.
The Tennessee defense did its best to stop Locker in his final game as a Vol, however.
Lacking an offensive weapon in Locksmith, the defense failed to slow him down in the fourth quarter.
Lutsons final drive was a 3rd and 3 play.
Lutons pass was hit by linebacker Tyrell Jackson, and the Vol’s defensive end blocked Locksinger’s attempt to recover the ball.
Tennessee held the lead for the entire fourth quarter, but Locks is the only player to record a sack this season.
The offensive line struggled to contain Locks on the first drive of the fourth, allowing Locks to throw for just 6 yards on five carries.
On the next play, Lutson was sacked for a loss of five yards and returned to the sideline.
Lopes final touchdown pass was a 2nd and 6 play, and Tennessee took a 14:17 lead into the locker room.
Tennessee did not gain any more than 10 yards on any of its next five possessions.
Tennessee also gave up a touchdown to junior Austin Shepherd in the third.
Lutzons final pass to Luton was a 9:16 run.
LUTTON SITS OUT OF GAME WITH COACHES OFFICE FOR DAY After Locks and Lutton were out of the starting lineup, Tennessee decided to take a chance on freshman DeAndre Davis.
Davis, who played in just six games, was the starting quarterback for Tennessee against NC State.
Davis completed 6 of 8 passes for 87 yards and three touchdowns in his debut.
Davis was able to gain momentum early, completing his first pass of 30 yards.
Davis had another big day when he was sacked seven times.
He then completed three passes for 40 yards and completed another pass for 32.
Tennessee’s offense struggled early, and Davis was unable to gain any ground on NC State’s defense.
NC State ran for 106 yards on 30 carries, and had another score on its next play.
On Tennessee’s next drive, Luttons first pass was intercepted by NC State safety Trevon Jones.
Davis then hit sophomore running back Sammie Coates on a 1-foot run for a 24-yard gain.
Davis finished the day with 13 carries for 68 yards and another score.
Lets hope the coaching staffs patience will pay off with Davis as the Vol Nation starter.