UT, UTM matchup chart

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of Tennessee and UT Martin, who meet Saturday a 6 p.m. in Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1169
Site: Knoxville
Date: Sep. 4
Conference: OhioValley
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Dooley and for the Skyhawks - Simpson


Vols

Skyhawks
OLCOMMENTSOL

Tennessee's line is young - starting a redshirt freshman, a true freshman and a sophomore. UTM's line is small, featuring a 6-3, 240-pounder (Rodney Irvin at left tackle). A push.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Derek Carr completed 10 of 21 passes as UTM's backup last year. UT's Matt Simms was playing juco ball last year. Another deadlock.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Martin's Jason McNair gained 292 yards as a reserve last fall. UT's Tauren Poole is a man on a mission after squirming on the bench last season.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

UTM's Mike Hicks and UT's Gerald Jones recorded 46 catches each last fall but Jones has a much better supporting cast this year.


Vols

Skyhawks
DLCOMMENTSDL

UTM is even smaller upfront than Tennessee. The Skyhawks start a 6-2, 245-pound tackle (D.J. Roberts) and a 5-11, 226-pound end (Tim Cox).

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Martin's Josh Bey is one of the top 'backers in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Vols have no stars but terrific depth at the position.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

Tennessee is green - a redshirt freshman, two sophomores and a junior start - but very, very talented in the secondary.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

Believe it or not, the Skyhawks were even worse than UT last year in terms of field-goal percentage (37.5) and net punting (32.3 yards).


Vols

Skyhawks
INTANGIBLES

UT Martin has nothing to lose. However, Tennessee's home-field advantage is huge. The Vols are determined to prove their critics wrong and make Derek Dooley's debut a smashing success.

PREDICTION

Eight months of hearing how bad they're going to be has the Vols in a foul mood. Someone has to pay. Tennessee 38, UT Martin 10.


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