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Tennessee-Martin Game Analysis
Tennessee 50 Tennessee-Martin 0
Posted: Tuesday, September 7th, 2010, 3:43 PM
by Josh
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Tennessee opened the 2010 season Saturday with an impressive shutout win. In watching the game I was really impressed with the defense Wilcox ran. I know they were playing a completely overmatched opponent but it is really hard to get a shutout anymore. Tennessee-Martin had a mere 3 first downs, and 142 total yards, which is one of the most dominating performances by a Tennessee defense in as long as I can remember.

On the offensive side, Tennessee played pretty well for the most part. There was a lull in the 2nd quarter in which the offensive line had a few breakdowns. However, any day you can rack up 332 rushing yards, your offensive line is doing something right. Matt Simms was impressive in his Tennessee debut completing 14 of 24 passes for 181 yards and a TD. Simms seemed to get a little excited at times, overthrowing his targets on a few occasions, but they will correct that in the film room. He showed good poise and confidence and didn't make any horrendous mistakes. Tauren Poole ran very well gaining 110 yards on 17 carries and finding the endzone twice. I can't wait to see what he can do against Oregon's speed. Rajon Neal and David Oku had good days as well gaining 79 and 77 yards respectively. Tennessee appears to have a very deep and talented stable of tailbacks. Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore continued to do what we have come to expect of them, although both are now injured. Jones will be out 2-3 games while Moore is questionable for this week's game with Oregon. Tennessee can't afford many injuries but wide reciever is probably our deepest position. Now Justin Hunter, Da'Rick Rogers, and Matt Milton will get their chance to show what they have in a big game.

Special teams played solid except for one critical blunder that brought back familiar nightmares, a Gerald Jones fumble on a punt return that set the Skyhawks up with good field position. Lincoln made both of his attempts and Cunningham was solid, except he still takes forever to get his punt off.

All and all this game couldn't really answer any of the questions that people had going in, however, it did show that Tennessee was capable of taking care of business and doing what it is supposed to do. Next week we will see if they can surprise and overachieve.
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