This play is a great example of Mike DeBord using formations and personnel to create favorable matchups, putting his players in a great position to succeed. The two tight end set gave the Vols a lead blocker in both directions. Wolf especially deserves credit for his blocking on the edge, leading the way for Dobbs.
The formation dictated that the Tigers would only have one defender in a position to defend Dobbs once the end crashed. This is a very favorable matchup for the Vols’ quarterback. Dobbs took advantage of the opportunities and set a career high for rushing yards in his final game in Neyland Stadium.
Both of Kamara’s touchdowns came on this play, and most of his yards did as well. Kamara totaled 112 yards on the Outside Zone play alone, on only 6 attempts. The line did a great job with their blocking, and Kamara was outstanding at reading his blocks and finding open space. And once Kamara is in the open field, not many defenders are going to be able to take him down. He is a very special player and has a bright future ahead of him.
Perhaps the biggest factor in the Tennessee Volunteers’ 24-21 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks was turnovers. Turnovers have plagued the Vols’ season. The team has looked sloppy and undisciplined at times, and against South Carolina, it cost them.
The prime culprit was quarterback Joshua Dobbs. The senior threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball once. Both interceptions were critical plays in the game, and both came as a result of a bad decision by Dobbs to throw into coverage.
What a play. Nearly everyone had written off the Vols after Jacob Eason’s touchdown pass put the Georgia Bulldogs up 31-28 with ten seconds left, but Josh Dobbs and Jauan Jennings wouldn’t be denied. Coach Butch Jones called the Hail Mary with four seconds remaining, and the Vols executed the play perfectly.
Dobbs, the senior quarterback from Alpharetta, Georgia will finish his career 2-0 as the starter against his hometown Bulldogs. Jennings’ spectacular catch keeps the Vols’ undefeated season alive, and he will go down in Volunteer history forever.
But before we look at the play that changed the Vols’ season, let’s look at how Tennessee set up the Hail Mary.
What a game. It’s been quite a while since the Tennessee Volunteers have won a game as important as their 38-28 victory over the Florida Gators. The win gives the Vols their first win over Florida since 2004, and the inside track to the SEC East.
The game didn’t start out well, as the Gators went up 21-0, and led 21-3 at half. Despite having good field position for most of the half, the Vols couldn’t capitalize, totaling only 162 yards and 3 points. After Dobbs threw his second interception of the game on the first possession of the second half, it looked all but over for the Vols.
But all of a sudden, the offense finally found its rhythm. The Vols exploded for 336 yards, scoring 38 straight points en route to a massive comeback victory. Dobbs led the charge, throwing for a career high 4 touchdowns in the second half. Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord called a brilliant second half, dialing up route concepts designed to attack Florida’s aggressive man coverage time and time again. With that being said, let’s take a look at Dobbs’ four touchdown passes that blew the game open.
Malone has had a big season so far, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down anytime soon. His emergence as the big play receiver the Vols were looking for will be critical to the success of the offense this season. He has already proven to be one of the most important players on this roster, making a big play in each of Tennessee’s three games that has proven vital to a Volunteer victory.
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Now trailing 14-7, the Vols’ defense stepped up and forced a punt to the Tennessee 10 yard line. However, the Tennessee offense had yet to prove they could put together a scoring drive, and had 90 yards to go. This was the perfect time for the Hokies to get a stop, flip field position, and take back control of the game.
Instead, Dobbs and the Vols went on a 4 play, 90 yard scoring drive, tying the game at 14. The offense never looked back, and Tennessee ended up winning in a rout.
With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the drive that changed the game for the Vols.
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Vols Film Study will take an in-depth look at Tennessee each week, and analyze what happened on the field. The articles will be very similar to what has been posted on Football Concepts in the past.
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Last week we looked at Tennessee’s backfield and discussed why they have the potential to be one of the best position groups in the nation in 2016. But for all the positive with the Vols offense in 2015, there was a glaring problem that held the offense back: Tennessee lacked big plays, especially in the passing game. Continue reading “The Search for a Big Play Receiver”
Tennessee’s offense was very good in 2015. The Vols were third in the SEC with an average of 35.2 points per game, while their 223.69 rushing yards per game was second only to LSU. The total rushing yards (2,908) were the second best total in school history, coming in right behind the 1951 National Champion squad. Tennessee’s 457 total points on the season also is the second-best mark in school history, barely finishing behind the 471 points scored by the Vols in 1993. Continue reading “The Best Backfield in America”