In a season defining game the Vols suffered a major setback at South Carolina. Even in defeat there were players that saw their stock rise in Columbia but there is was plenty of blame to go around.
Derek Barnett: Vol fans better enjoy this man the five games he has left in orange. He has been in beast mode since the Florida game and showing no signs of slowing down.
John Kelly: If fans were worried about the running back position heading into next year, they aren't now. Kelly is going to be a star in the SEC. He fits what this offense needs and that's something that has been lacking over the course of this season.
Cory Vereen: The senior defensive end had his best game of the year. It has been a tough year where his production had been lacking but that changed at South Carolina where he had five total stops with two sacks.
Nigel Warrior: Many will point to the mix-up in coverage that hand delivered South Carolina its last touchdown as Warrior's mistake and that likely was the case as a reason this one does not belong here but this is a stock. I would start stockpiling. That communication problem showed his lack of experience and it is long past due that issue be resolved. Warrior showed a burst and physicality from the safety position not once but twice just before the lack of game reps reared its ugly head. The way Warrior attacks the ball carrier has not been seen since Eric Berry from the safety position.
Jonathon Kongbo: The former Scout five-star recruit has far from lived up to the hype and Danny Parker seems to have been the only Knoxville media member that saw it coming. Kongbo's tweets have gotten more attention than anything he has done on the field.
Chance Hall: Perhaps the injury is hurting Hall's play but it has really made life tough on Joshua Dobbs. The entire offensive line has had a tough year and Hall has had his struggles as well.
Joshua Dobbs: I don't know if there has every been an 18-22 year old represent his university in a more classy fashion that Dobbs. For that reason I would hold on to this stock but after this game I would not advise buying anymore. This game was easily Dobbs' worst as a Tennessee quarterback.