Players to watch: Week 3

In this week's edition of 'Players to watch' InsideTennessee breaks down who you need to stay on the lookout for this Saturday. Be sure to come back each week for a breakdown of cornerstones in each Tennessee matchup.

The Tennessee Volunteers will make the trip into enemy territory to square off against Southeastern Conference foe Florida on Saturday.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. and the game can be seen on CBS.

In this week's edition of ‘Players to watch' InsideTennessee gives you a glance at who will need to be a big part of the game plan in order for their team to get through Week 3 unscathed.


Sariff Floyd (sophomore, DL)

Floyd is coming off a two-game suspension this week. He will need to bring a presence to a Florida defensive line that has under-achieved through two weeks, producing just two sacks against inferior opponents.

The second-year stud was a five-star recruit in the 2010 class and was ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in all of the land. As a freshman, Floyd managed to snag 23 tackles, including six for loss.

Cody Riggs (sophomore, DB)

The little engine that could … Riggs is listed at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds and will have to play a lot bigger than his measurables. Tennessee leads the Southeastern Conference in nearly even passing category.

With both of Tennessee's leading receivers being well over the 6-foot mark, Riggs is going to be outsized most of the day. He will have to make up for size with tenacious play all afternoon.

André Dubose (redshirt sophomore, WR)

Everyone knows about Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, but don't forget about Dubose. He has the same amount of speed and is lethal in the kick-return game.

Dubose tied a school record last season with two kick returns for touchdown and is on track for another big season with a 50-yard return in Week 2. Tennessee's coverage units have been stellar in two weeks of play, but they are largely untested. That is all about to change.


Jacques Smith (sophomore, DE)

The Florida offense is going to be quick to get to the edges. Smith must help contain the Gators speed on the edge and play smart football. He can sometimes outrun himself and get out of position.

Against Cincinnati, Smith racked up five tackles, one sack and two quarterback hurries. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will need more of the same from Smith if the Vols are to start the season 3-0.

Tyler Bray (sophomore,QB)

Bray has never made a start outside of the state of Tennessee. With games against Memphis, Vanderbilt and North Carolina (Music City Bowl, Nashville) Bray has yet to see a true away crowd as a starter.

His poise will be vital to the success of Tennessee. So far, he has thrown for monster numbers, but again only in the comfort of his own home. He will need to take full command of the Tennessee offense and lead his team to victory in one of the most hostile environments in the SEC.

Justin Wilcox (second year, defensive coordinator)

Yes, I know, Wilcox is not a player, but he was more or less given a pass in Year 1 based on the talent with which he had to work. Sure, the Tennessee defense is young again this season, but the talent is there.

The Tennessee defensive coordinator better have studied hard for this week's game against offensive mastermind Charlie Weis. If the Vols get plowed in Gainesville there will certainly be some fans that wonder if Wilcox's scheme can work outside of Boise, Idaho.

The speed of the Florida running backs will be hard to combat, but with the correct game plan Tennessee should be able to harness the big play.

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