College Football Preview: The 2015 Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee Volunteers Preview 2014 Record 7-6 Won Taxslayer Bowl 45-28 vs Iowa
Overall: The Tennessee Volunteers finished last season with a record of 7-5. Tennessee lost a lot of very close games last year and could have easily been a 10-win team. They ended the year beating Iowa 45-28 in the Taxslayer Bowl. Volunteer fans are excited about Joshua Dobbs who will take over at starting quarterback and should have a breakout year.
Offense: Joshua Dobbs passed for 1206 yards with 9 touchdowns in six starts last year. He also added 469 yards on the ground and 8 rushing touchdowns. Running back Jalen Hurd had a great freshmen year he rushed for 899 yards and 5 touchdowns. He should go well over the thousand yard mark this year. Tennessee returns both their leading wide receivers in seniors Pig Howard and Von Pearson. Together they combined for 82 receptions for 1011 yards and 6 touchdowns. Marquez North arguably their top receiver returns from an injury that ended his season early last year. Tennessee will be putting up a lot of points this season.
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Defense: Tennessee returns a lot of starters on a defense that finished 36th in the nation in points allowed per game with 24 points. Derek Barnett and Curt Maggit were unstoppable last year. They combined for 21 sacks and 120 total tackles and both return this year. Tennessee returns their leading tackler Jalen Reeves- Maybin who recorded 101 tackles last season. The only position they need to worry about is middle linebacker, which was played by A.J Johnson last year.
Special Teams: Tennessee will have to replace their punter Matt Darr, but their kicker Aaron Medley returns. He connected on 20 out of 26 field goals last season.
Overall: The Tennessee Volunteers have improved over the last two seasons and are ready for a run at the SEC. Tennessee is definitely the team to keep an eye out for this year. Mark your calendars for October 24th when Tennessee will be traveling to take on Alabama it should be a good one. I think Tennessee will have a great year and hit double digit wins this year.