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1) After last night’s (under)performance by Tennessee, how does it change your outlook for the Battle of Bristol? – thankbud
Chris Coleman: Depending on how we play against Liberty tomorrow, yeah, it could. It’s one thing to win 20-13, but if you actually watched the game, you know that Tennessee has some problems. They were a missed extra point away from losing to Appalachian State, but the bigger issue I believe is their offensive line.
Jalen Hurd, who is listed at 6-4, 240, had over 1,200 yards rushing a year ago for the Vols, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Josh Dobbs added nearly 700 yards on the ground from the quarterback position. Neither player impressed last night…
Hurd: 28 carries, 110 yards, 3.9 ypc, 1 TD
Dobbs: 9 carries, -4 yards, -0.4 ypc
As a team, Tennessee averaged three yards per carry against the Appalachian State defense (which was very good last year, in all fairness, and returned nine starters, by some reports). Whoever carried the ball for Tennessee was generally swarmed over by multiple defenders.
Perhaps the most surprising thing was Appalachian State defensive linemen individually beating double teams. At one point in the second...
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