Stock Report: Alabama Edition

What players saw their stock rise or fall on the Third Saturday in October.

Tennessee ran into a buzzsaw on the "Third Saturday in October" but did see a few players shine in the 49-10 loss to No. 1-ranked Alabama.

InsideTennessee took a look at the individuals that saw their stock rise or fall heading into a much-needed bye week.

Upgraded Stocks

Derek Barnett: Barnett is the best football player to play for the Vols since Eric Berry, and I am not sure he doesn't do more to impact a football game. Where he will be picked in the NFL Draft next year is yet to be determined but I know he would be my overall first pick.

Elliot Berry: This one is a surprise as this Berry was not expected to play a very prominent role on this defense. Berry was credited with nine total tackles with two being behind the line of scrimmage. It will be interesting to see going forward if the performance will get Berry more reps in the future when Darrin Kirkland Jr. and Cortez McDowell return from injury.

Emmanuel Moseley: Moseley is playing pretty darn good football at cornerback. Accounting for eight tackles with three of those totaling a loss of 11 yards for Alabama. Not much debate that Moseley was the best player in the secondary against the Crimson Tide.

Nigel Warrior: There is no secret that the safties on this defense have been gashed in the run game in the past two weeks. Warrior, playing once the outcome was well in hand for the Crimson Tide, did show well with five total tackles. Warrior has played very little throughout the year at safety but this may be a sign that might change with the struggles this defense is having verses the run.

Downgraded Stocks

Jonathon Kongbo, LaTroy Lewis, Corey Vereen: The group of defensive ends are doing little to help Barnett. The trio has tallied only 2.5 tackles for loss total for the four SEC games. One of these defenders badly needs to elevate their play and make a few plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Jalen Hurd: Returning to the offense after missing the Texas A&M game, Hurd could not get on track much like most of the 2016 season. Hurd had 13 rushes for 28 yards, lowering his season yard per carry average to 3.8. In a year where most felt the junior would leave early for the NFL, this season is not going as expected for a player that has a chance to become the all-time leading rusher in Tennessee history.

Micah Abernathy: The defense continues to give up way too many big plays in the running game. Abernathy totaled four total stops and that is not nearly enough when facing a team that got to the second level on many of their running plays. Abernathy has to take better angles to help prevent the long runs that have plagued this defense the last two weeks.


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