This year at Fanrun Radio, we are going to do something a little different.
Each week I will be publishing a weekly stock report. Following each game, we are going to examine the six players and/or groups that stood out the most, good or bad. There are three categories the selected players or groups could fall into Buy, Sell, or Hold.
Each one should be pretty self-explanatory, but I suppose it might be best to break it down for you for you smooth brains.
A buy rating indicates that this player is someone who performed for the week and stood out amongst the chaos on the field.
Much like in finance, this is a player you see paying dividends and huge returns in the future.
A sell rating would imply that this player is underperforming and that there are other options that would better suit your portfolio.
Again, much like in finance, this player was a laggard for your team and caused a drop in performance.
A hold rating is somewhere in the middle. They aren’t necessarily a player causing massive growth in your portfolio, but they aren’t tanking it either.
This would indicate you don’t really know enough yet to make a solid decision one way or the other. You need more time to look at the data and analyze what’s in front of you.
Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, let’s get the inaugural Fanrun Capital Investor’s Meeting underway.
“Some good, some bad”
We have heard this again, and again, and again, and again. We’ve even heard it from the horse’s mouth.
At this point, it seems like we know what we are going to get from the guy. He will miss some easy passes you would expect an SEC-caliber QB to make, but he’s also going to make plays he has no business pulling off.
When you look at the numbers, JG performed better against SC this year than last year.
He performed better Saturday than he did against Indiana in last year’s bowl game.
To have a little fun, JG has the 16th best QBR in the country after the first game.
It was the first game, so I am going to need to see the jitters disappear, and the nerves settle before making a solid recommendation on QB1.
It was a tough night for the true freshman. Slaughter, who by the way is a first-ballot “Name Hall of Fame” inductee (fight me), was matched up against Shi Smith most of the night.
It was not pretty.
I do not think this first game is a fair evaluation of the player he is or is going to be.
Overall, not a bad night for the rookie.
Thompson was an absolute machine in the secondary on Saturday night. He was quick to the ball and made great open-field tackles.
In coverage, Bryce really made Hill think twice about coming his way.
For me, Thompson is a “pound the table buy” this season.
Velus Jones, Jr.
Let’s all send a Thank You card to Coach Martin for bringing us this young man. The grad-transfer out of USC (the real one in Los Angeles) showed the athleticism and speed he brings to the table last night.
He by no means had a game that would garner Heisman attention, but he definitely showed he has the explosive play-making ability Tennessee needs from the WR position.
Tennessee Coaching Staff
The Tennessee coaching staff left much to be desired on Saturday. They failed to make defensive adjustments in the second half to slow down Shi Smith or slow down Kevin Harris out of the backfield.
The play-calling on offense was piss-poor. They continually set themselves up for 3rd and long situations with a struggling QB.
The run game was subpar between the tackles and above average outside the tackles.
Yet, they continued to try and pound the ball up the middle.
I get it was the first game of the season for them, but mid-game adjustments are what shined from this staff last year. It would seem wise to hold onto that attribute in a season full of unknowns.
I am going need to see a MUCH better performance against Mizzou.
Tennessee Defensive Line
Unimpressive is putting it politely. This group struggled to get pressure making it easy for Hill to scan the field.
Bennett had the lone half-sack and the only QB hurry by the D-Line. That’s not going to cut it in the meat of our schedule.
They are going to have to figure it out and figure it out fast, or it’s going to be painful the rest of the year.