Arguably one of the most improved players over the course of the season, Jonathan Crompton continued to deliver the airmail, setting a career high with 331 yards passing and with five touchdowns to five different receivers. Crompton previously set career highs in various passing categories this season against Georgia and UCLA.
"Crompton has great confidence right now," said head coach Lane Kiffin. "That's how he practices all week. He really only missed one throw in the game; other than that he played almost perfect."
Offensive guard Vladimir Richard appeared healthy after limited play in previous weeks due to a sore Achilles tendon. Richard split time with Cory Sullins against Memphis as well as South Carolina in the previous week. Yet the way Richard's feeling and playing may lead to extended time on the field.
"Body feels great, give all the credit to the training room, the staff did a great job getting me back and ready to play," Richard said.
On the upcoming game with Ole Miss, Richard stressed film study and technique.
"Always technique, everyone plays different on D-line," Richard said. "Going to study film early tomorrow, techniques and tendencies, and once we get out to the game we'll know where the players are going to be at."
Nu'Keese Bounce Back:
Following a week with rumors of off-field issues, freshmen wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson came out of a strong week of practice to grab three receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown.
"It's a good feeling, getting in the endzone and getting out with a win," Richardson said. "Every week I feel like I'm getting better; it's building up."
"I talked to him about the only way you're going to get more playing opportunities is through practice," Kiffin said. "He went in and played extremely well."
Lathers Stepping Up:
Following the loss of second-string middle linebacker Savion Frazier to a knee injury, Herman Lathers inherited an important role in the Tampa 2 defense. The freshmen picked up three solo tackles and three assisted tackles Saturday night.
"Herman played well. He made some really good plays," Kiffin said. "He's fast, and he has the tools to be a great linebacker."
Defensive line coach and associate head coach Ed Orgeron is returning to the site of his only head coaching job when the Volunteers visit Ole Miss this Saturday. Orgeron compiled a 10-25 record at Ole Miss, with only three conference wins, as head coach from 2005-2007.
Orgeron is often noted for his exceptional recruiting skills, which some credit to Mississippi's recent successes. Orgeron recruited many players the Volunteers will face Saturday, including Greg Hardy, Dexter McCluster and Shay Hodge.
"I know that he's a great recruiter," Kiffin said. "Those guys have become juniors and seniors and you saw last year he recruited a lot of really great players while he was there."
Crompton does something Peyton never did
Crompton's 305 first-half yards against Memphis were the most yards ever thrown by a Tennessee quarterback in one half. That's a big accomplishment for the senior signal caller.