Stock Report: Homecoming Edition

Many new faces made plays in the 55-0 homecoming victory for the Tennessee Volunteers. See what players saw their stocks rise and a few that weren't as lucky.

In the first start-to-finish dominant performance of the season for Tennessee, fans were presented with the treat of seeing some new faces making plays in the 55-0 homecoming victory. Many players performed well and saw their stocks rise and a few others weren't as lucky.

Upgraded Stocks

Derek Barnett: Barnett didn't make many plays but also did not play much in the blowout victory. Even though on paper he may not deserve to be on this list for this week, I refuse to take the Vols' best football player in a number of years off the list.

Joshua Dobbs: Coming off of his worst game as a Vol, Dobbs was masterful. He completed 12 of his 13 passes for 183 yards with three touchdowns. He threw the deep ball beautifully and was able to keep his jersey clean.

Marquez Callaway: Playing in only his second college game, Callaway wowed the crowd with two spectacular punt returns. One went for 52 yards while the other was a 62-yard touchdown. He also recorded his first catch as a Volunteer, a 13-yard reception. While his coming out party was impressive it could have been better if he could have hauled in a Quinton Dormady pass in the end zone that was catchable.

Elliot Berry: Elliot Berry started his second game for the Volunteers and this time it was along side Darren Kirkland Jr. He, like the rest of the starters, did not play the entire game but did show up well in stopping the run in the short amount of time he was in the game. He was credited for being in on a tackle for loss.

Coleman Thomas: It has been a long year for Thomas but he may be hitting his stride and finally getting healthy enough to be successful. The junior started alongside Dylan Wiesman for the first time in a number of games and opened holes early and often in the homecoming contest.

Josh Malone: Malone is quietly having an explosive year. He caught five balls for 112 yards and two scores in limited action.

Paul Bain: Bain is a player Tennessee fans likely know little about. He's a walk-on transfer from Tusculum College that has earned praise from his coaches and teammates. Bain saw his hard work pay off with some extended playing time. He showed up well clogging the middle from his defensive tackle position and recorded a tackle for a loss on a fourth-down stop. Bain did suffer an ankle injury late in the game so his availability for playing time the rest of the year is in question, but with how thin the roster is at D-tackle, he may play key snaps if healthy.

John Kelly: Kelly has played extended reps three times this year and in all three of those games he has made the right side of this report. Tennessee has lacked a home-run hitter at running back for the past few years and Kelly gives the Vols just that. The 73-yard touchdown was the longest run from scrimmage of the Butch Jones era.

Downgraded Stocks

Colton Jumper: After starting at one of the linebacking spots since the Florida game, Jumper saw Elliot Berry get the nod over him this week. Jumper did play a lot and made a few plays but with Berry starting it appears his playing time is likely to be cut barring more injuries to the linebacking corps.

Jack Jones: Jones had been a fixture in the starting lineup since the Ohio game but gave way this week when Thomas was inserted at center and Wiesman moved over to start at right guard. Jones did play well at both right guard and center in the game but Butch Jones said after the game the offensive line starting spots were an open competition.

Drew Richmond: Richmond saw extensive actions at left tackle and was noticeably beaten a number of times. This was disappointing to see as it appeared the former Scout four-star improved when he was thrust in against Alabama after an injury to Brett Kendrick.

Stripling pleased with Bain, Folger


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