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Five Vols To Watch for During the Missouri Game Saturday Morning


Jarrett Guarantano

Guarantano performed admirably last Saturday against the Gamecocks, throwing 19-for-31 for 259 yards and one touchdown.

What surprised me most about Guarantano was the lack of interceptions.

He took care of the ball the whole game and even rushed for a touchdown on the night.

While he did overthrow some a few balls, he did seem to be much improved from last year, although he seems to have more time to pass the ball this year.

I expect Guarantano to play well this weekend against a Missouri defense that gave up 303 passing yards Alabama last weekend.

Josh Palmer

Palmer has continued to grow throughout his career at Tennessee; as a freshman, he didn’t play much.

His sophomore and junior seasons have seen him progressively get better, racking up 484 yards, two touchdowns, and 23 receptions in 2018, as well as 457 yards, one touchdown, and 34 receptions in 2019.

Last weekend against the Gamecocks, Palmer had six receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.

If Palmer continues to build on his performances from last year, we could see him lead the team this year in all receiving categories.


Henry To’o To’o

Against the Gamecocks last Saturday, To’o To’o led by example, grabbing six tackles and a pick six for 32-yards.

Last year against Missouri, To’o To’o had five tackles, half a sack, and one and a half tackles for a loss.

To’o To’o being the leader he is, had a lot to say after the South Carolina game last weekend.

“I was pretty happy with the way we performed. Of course, we made many mistakes, a lot of mental errors, and a lot of technique stuff that we can clean up,” To’o To’o said. “It was a good performance for us. There’s a lot of areas we can clean up, and that’s definitely something we’ll focus on as we go throughout this week.”

He is a young man that demands nothing but excellence and, as you can tell, leads by example.

Hopefully, this weekend he can replicate the same level of success against the Tigers.

Deandre Johnson

Last year Johnson played in all 13 games, grabbing 4.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks.

Last weekend, Johnson six tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2.5 TFL, earning the title of “SEC Defensive Player of the Week.”

After Johnson’s breakout performance last weekend, I expect him to be a player to watch all season; with his dedication to figuring things out, I expect special things.

“One of the biggest things I had to focus on was understanding why we call certain plays, what we’re trying to give the offense and what scheme we’re trying to accomplish with that play called,” said Johnson in a recent interview. “About the second week of fall camp, I started to get in the groove, and from there on out, I haven’t looked back.”

No looking back is something every team in college football faces, as the season goes on, there’s no looking back.


Cade Mays

It finally happened. Mays was finally cleared by the SEC.

Last weekend at the game time against South Carolina, Vol fans were unsure if we would see Mays this year.

This weekend, however, we may see him mauling Tigers like a big cat.

The mountain of a man played in 28 games at Georgia over the last two years, starting 22 of those games.

May’s lined up in various positions for the Bulldogs throughout his time there, which brings a lot of versatility to wherever the Vols want to play him.

“When I found out, I walked all the way around the Anderson center about three times trying to find him. He was up in a film room studying, so I never found him,” Volunteers head coach, Jeremy Pruitt, said. “I finally got him on the phone, he already knew.”

This news bodes well for the Vols, as their offensive line went from good to great, possibly making them one of the best in the country.

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