Tennessee saw it’s frantic comeback fall just shot as the Vols lost in double overtime 45-38 in College Station.
InsideTennessee took a look at the individuals that saw their stock rise or fall heading into the third Saturday in October showdown with the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide..
Alvin Kamara: Without Jalen Hurd, Kamara saw his number called much more and he proceeded to delivery one of the best performances ever for a Vol running back. He ran for 127 and also had 161 yards receiving, scoring three touchdowns overall. On the game-tying TD, Kamara showed excellent power as he would not be denied by Aggie defenders.
John Kelly: Playing behind Hurd and Kamara for the 2015 season and the first five games of this year, Vol fans have gotten much of a look at what Kelly could do. With Hurd out, Kelly got his opportunity to show what he brings to the table. He showed great cutback ability and power as he averaged nearly 7 yards a carry. In one game Kelly showed Vol fans that he is ready to be a star whenever his number is called again.
Tyler Byrd: Without a doubt Tyler Byrd is electric when the ball is in his hands. Second-year Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Debord is going to do more things to get the ball in the youngster's hands as we saw him get touches not only as a pass catcher but also with the jet sweep. The overtime loss will over shadow a star-in-the-making play in the big 43-yard catch to get the game-tying drive kick started in the finals seconds of regulation.
Colton Jumper: It is hard to explain how many people Jumper is proving wrong with his play. With the rash of injuries mounting a solid argument could be made for him to be the MVP of the defense. Jumper had 10 total stops, with a big tackle for loss on a third-and-short, and a huge interception.
Khalil McKenzie: This was by far McKenzie’s best game as a Vol defensive tackle both statistically and clogging up holes for others to rack up tackles. He got excellent push in the interior part of the offensive line with a huge third-down stop in the first overtime on a quarter back sneak being the best example. With the injury to Danny O’Brien he will need to build on this excellent effort. He totaled five total stops on the day.
Aaron Medley: Pushing his overall field goal success rate to 5/7 on the season, Medley continues to shine in that area. However, Medley has produced almost an automatic touchback all season long and was 6/6 with that stat in College Station. Medley is quietly having an excellent year.
Josh Smith: This one might be unfair but looking at the numbers Smith is struggling to find his rhythm in 2016. He did come up with three grabs but for only 4 yards, and like most of the 2016 season, he again wasn’t able to produce big plays like he has in the past. This game could have been different for him as he had beaten his defender twice but Dobbs was unable to deliver an accurately thrown ball.
Jason Croom: It is a hard to put a player on this side of the report for one play but the drop turned interception was a back-breaking for Tennessee when the Vols were fighting hard to find a rhythm sooner on offense. Croom did make a few plays afterward but it just wasn’t enough to justify not being mentioned here.
Josh Malone: Malone has had a wonderful year but this just wasn’t his game. He was not able to fight and win one-on-one battles for 50/50 balls like he has in the first five games of this season and this game just was not a what we had come accustomed to seeing.