Preview 2018: Tennessee Volunteers. Rebirth Of A Superpower

Preview 2018: Tennessee Volunteers. Rebirth Of A Superpower

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Preview 2018: Tennessee Volunteers. Rebirth Of A Superpower

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What You Need To Know About The Tennessee Offense

Okay, Tyson Helton. You’re up. The USC quarterbacks coach cut his teeth as WKU’s offensive coordinator for a few years. The new OC knows how to get a passing game rolling, and it has to happen in a hurry.

There will be tempo, there will be quick throws, there will be opportunities for the triggerman to take control of the attack and make it his.

It’s asking too much for 2018 Tennessee to be 2015 WKU – one of the nation’s most explosive attacks – right away, but as long as the O can put up more than 24 points on a regular basis, it’ll be an improvement over last season’s nightmare. Fortunately for Helton and the program …

– The quarterback situation will be just fine. Jarrett Guarantano did what he could in a horrible situation as a freshman – leading the team with 997 yards with four scores and two picks in his limited time – and he looked the part this spring.

If the rest of the parts around him are okay, Guarantano will move the offense. When Stanford grad transfer Keller Chryst joins the team this summer, the quarterback game will be raised up that much more. It’ll have to be, because …

– The running game will be a problem. John Kelly was one of the few positives last season, but he left early and now is a Los Angeles Ram. Second-leading rusher Ty Chandler is a speedster with potential explosion, but Michigan State transfer Madre London might need to play a big role to improve a ground game that registered a paltry 1,409 yards and 3.4 yards per carry.

Trey Smith is a terrific young left tackle, but the line that was destroyed by injuries is still going to be a work in progress.

On the plus side, the receiving corps should grow into a positive. More big play options need to emerge, but the combination of Marquez Callaway and Brandon Johnson is a good place to start.

Biggest Key To The Tennessee Offense

Just score – somehow. Simply getting a touchdown was like pulling teeth at times last season, finishing dead last in the SEC in scoring and 124th in the nation in total offense.

The defense will take care of most of the heavy lifting early on, but the O that managed more than 24 points just once over the last ten games has to find something – anything – that works, move the chains, and then score when the opportunities are there.

It sounds simple, but it might not be, at least until the coaching staff puts the right parts in place.

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