The three amigos

Tennessee's offense has been nearly unstoppable through two games with the combination of Tyler Bray, Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter. Read as breaks down the three amigos of Tennessee's offense.

Through two weeks of college football you would be very hard-pressed to find a trio that is hitting on more cylinders than sophomores Tyler Bray, Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter.

The bunch has already broken into the Tennessee record books, snagging receiving and passing records in the first two weeks of the 2011 season.

"I've never had three of them like this, this young," coach Derek Dooley said. "I hope they keep doing what they are doing. The tests are going to get harder, but it is good to see where they are. That's two pretty good games by a quarterback and two really good games by those two wide outs. They made a lot of plays."

In the season-opening victories over Montana and Cincinnati, Hunter and Rogers have combined for 31 catches, 502 yards and five touchdowns. Hunter is averaging over 18 yards per catch.

Bray has had the privilege of chucking it down the field to the dynamic duo on the outside. The sophomore quarterback has amassed 698 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. After a dismal showing in several preseason scrimmages, the 6-foot-6, 210-pounder has shown he is a true gamer with a 78-percent competition percentage (51-65) through his first two contests.

"He looks very different than what he did last year at this time, and that's a tribute to him," Dooley said.

Rogers said fans are just getting a glimpse of what Tennessee's offense is built for. And Dooley says they are going to throw it till foes can stop it.

"It was not easy but it was routine," Rogers said of their performance against Cincinnati. "We play at a fast tempo and hot-paced offense in practice. We play like we play in practice and it turns over into the game. We work hard in practice and make plays so when it comes game time, it is second hand. They are same plays you always run."

Both Rogers and Hunter have reeled in 100-plus yards receiving in consecutive games, the first pair to do so since 2006. And they are enjoying the aggressive approach.

"We love it," Rogers said. "That is how our offense is — downhill running game and we are going to stretch the field deep throwing the ball."

On top of all the galloping that Hunter is doing at receiver he also found a way to contribute on special teams when he blocked a last-second first-half field goal try by Cincinnati.

"I had a feeling I was going to block it. It (the kick) was so far away, and I was tight at the line," Hunter said. "I nipped it with my fingers. I saw the ball spinning so I knew I got it. We made an emphasis in the week to practice that — the jump. So, to get one made the coaches happy."

Hunter currently ranks sixth among all Football Bowl Subdivision receivers in total yards and is ranked No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference. Rogers sits at No. 24 amongst all receivers in yardage.

The first true test for the dynamic trio will come in Week 3 against the Florida Gators, who are only surrendering 124 yards per game through the air.

Dooley and selected players will address the media as they prepare for the Gators on Monday afternoon in their weekly press conference.

Quarterback Tyler Bray zings a pass against Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Danny Parker/

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