If you like watching a shootout then you enjoyed the Missouri-Tennessee contest Saturday. Many players performed well on offense and even the defense had some bright spots. Let's take a look at what players saw their stock rise or fall.
Derek Barnett: In what was most likely his last game at Neyland Stadium, Barnett added to his career sack total (31) by one and recorded five other stops. The performance was good enough to warrant being named the SEC defensive lineman of the week for the third time this season.
Joshua Dobbs: What a final game performance in Neyland Stadium as Dobbs was masterful. Dobbs was named the Walter Camp offensive player of the week after throwing for 223 yards and three touchdowns while also running for 190 yards on 10 carries and two more scores.
Josh Malone: Malone has been a legit big-play receiver all year and that did not change on Saturday. He added another "splash" play to his résumé with a 57-yard touchdown reception. Malone has developed into an All-SEC type wideout.
Venzell Boulware: In a somewhat surprising development, Boulware was inserted in the starting lineup at right guard as the redshirt freshman has logged a great deal of important snaps this season, which will be beneficial in the future.
Nigel Warrior: After getting his first start for the Volunteers, Warrior quickly gave way to Stephen Griffin. Warrior once again showed up well on the stat sheet with seven stops but continues to struggle with alignment and assignment issues.
Kyle Phillips: It had appeared that Phillips was becoming comfortable at defensive tackle but he saw his playing time dramatically cut. He did record four tackles but it will be interesting to follow if Phillips makes the move back to defensive end in the offseason.
Jack Jones: With Boulware getting the start at right guard, it has become obvious that the hand injury has slowed the development of the sophomore guard.