Professor Hooker's grades are in

Professor Dave Hooker, veteran sportswriter and radio personality on The Drive on WNOX 100.3, is back for another week. It's not easy to get a good grade in Hooker's class. Go "Inside" to see what he thought went wrong for the Vols against the Gators.

Another game. Another thumping.

Yet, there were certainly some differences between the Oregon and Florida games. Tennessee gave better effort against the Gators, but mistakes continually undermined its chances against a Florida team that was every bit as mistake-prone.

Those mistakes will surely factor in UT's week three grades.

D- Quarterbacks

Matt Simms made some plays (19-of-31 for 259 yards), but the two interceptions were big. Most troublesome is that Simms' second interception looked somewhat like the pick six he threw against Oregon.

Fortunately, the Vols were able to make the tackle last week. Simms also held the ball too long at times, which led to six sacks. He'll have to play better for the Vols to beat a quality opponent.

D Running Backs

Tauren Poole took all the blame for his late fumble, which was ultra-costly. He also was admittedly a little jittery in the opening moments of the game, despite it being his third start.

David Oku provided a bit of a burst on five carries, but neither tailback was good enough on Saturday. Fullback Kevin Cooper made a nice catch, converting a first down.

B Receivers

Tight end Luke Stocker was the most effective he has been all season with five catches for 41 yards. Zach Rogers was solid with four catches for 53 yards and a nice leaping catch close to the goal line. Justin Hunter and Denarius Moore kept the Vols in the game with 35- and 49-yard touchdown passes, respectively.

D Offensive Line

The Vols didn't do much in terms of opening up running lanes and gave up six sacks. Sure, there are injuries up front, but bad is bad.

C- Defensive Line

UT couldn't get pressure on Florida quarterback John Brantley, but did help control the Gators' running game. Speedster Jeff Demps averaged only 2.8 yards per carry.

End Chris Walker registered eight tackles. Tackle Montori Hughes was disruptive when he was in the game and not hurt.

C- Linebackers

This group also deserves some credit for limiting Demps. Nick Reveiz was his usual self, with 14 tackles. The senior appears to be as fast as he's ever been during his UT career, getting sideline-to-sideline easily. Herman Lathers registered seven tackles.

C- Defensive Backs

Janzen Jackson played his best game of the season with nine tackles, one for a loss. However, UT's defensive backs weren't very good on third down, which seemed like a gimme for the Gators. Prentiss Waggner had six tackles.

C- Special Teams

Eric Gordon distracted punt returner Janoris Jenkins long enough to cause him to cough up the ball. Reveiz recovered. Demps returned two kickoffs for 70 yards. Chad Cunningham's kick out of bounds was a big mistake. I'm putting Florida's successful fake punt on coaching, but Austin Johnson should have made that tackle.

C- Coaching

Derek Dooley took the blame for the fake punt. That was a killer. Give UT's offensive coaches credit for getting receiver Denarius Moore wide open on his touchdown. UT had no answers for Florida on third down, even third down and long.

D Overall

Florida was ripe for the upset. It may be a long, long time before UT faces a group of Gators so prone to making mistakes. Opportunity lost.


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