How do the Tennessee Volunteers stack up against the UT-Martin Skyhawks? The Vols are coming off a bye week and will be looking to build on their success last year. They have a fresh starting quarterback in Jayden Daniels, and two explosive wide receivers in Hendon Hooker and Tyler Johnson.
The University of Tennessee at Martin is a public university located in Martin, Tennessee. It is one of five campuses that make up the University of Tennessee system. In 2011, the university system acquired Lambuth University in Jackson. The university serves a diverse student body and is known for its football program.
Today’s game will feature two teams that are both ranked highly in their conferences. The Tennessee Volunteers will play the UT-Martin Skyhawks, a team from the FCS. The Volunteers currently sit in third place in the conference and are coming off a victory over Alabama. Their defense has been weak, and they have struggled to stop opponents on third down. But they do have some solid pieces on the offensive side.
The Tennessee Volunteers will look to keep their momentum going today. Last week, they beat Alabama in an instant classic, and they should still be buzzing after the victory. However, the UT-Martin game is also their paycheck game, keeping their dollars in the state while taking a break from the physical and emotional games that make up the regular season.
UTM starts on its own 25-yard line. Tyler Baron is called for roughing the passer on the play. After a few plays, the Vols marched down the field to the UT-Martin 31-yard line. A targeted pass to Doneiko Slaughter results in a first down at the Tennessee 31-yard line. But UTM can’t convert on a fourth down conversion from the Tennessee 23-yard line, so the Vols take over and move deep into the UTM territory.
Tennessee is a top-25 team in the nation and the Skyhawks rank near the top of FCS teams. This game should be an easy win for the Volunteers. Tennessee’s depth will be a key factor.
UT-Martin is coming off a bye week
After a bye week, the UT-Martin Wildcats are back in action on Saturday. The Wildcats will play Boise State, who they last played in Albertsons Stadium in 2013. This is the first time UT-Martin has faced Boise State since 2013.
UT-Martin is coming off a three-game winning streak. The team is ranked 14th in the FCS and 4-2 overall. Despite being a junior varsity school, the team is coming off a bye week, so it is likely that its players will be fresh for this game. UT-Martin is averaging 30.8 points and 430.8 yards per game. It is allowing just 31.8 points and 418.2 yards per game.
This game has a lot riding on it, as both teams are coming off bye weeks. The Vols have no history against either of these teams, but they have a win over UT-Martin in 2010. The Vols also beat UT-Martin in 1988, when they beat Memphis State 50-0, setting up their SEC championship run in 1989.
After the explosion in the second quarter, the UT-Martin offense remained explosive, finishing the half with a 40-yard drive and a 16-yard touchdown by DJ Nelson. The Owls fumbled on their first two drives, and UT-Martin capitalized by kicking a field goal. However, KSU rallied with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Gabriel Benyard.
UT-Martin quarterback Jayden Daniels
Tennessee football is playing UT-Martin this Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee. The UT-Martin Skyhawks are ranked 117th among FBS teams. Daniels is a dual-threat quarterback, meaning he has the ability to run and pass. The UT-Martin quarterback isn’t getting any NFL buzz right now, but he’s a player who could be a big factor in the game.
Daniels has been in good shape this season, and his play last week against LSU was impressive. He threw for over two hundred yards and threw a touchdown to Kayshon Butte. Daniels also didn’t look hesitant to throw the ball down the field. But he’ll face a much better team in Ole Miss. The offense is faster, but Tennessee schemed guys open for Jayden Daniels against LSU’s secondary.
The Tigers’ offense was so explosive, and Daniels’ play helped them beat No. 7 Mississippi. Daniels threw for over 200 yards and rushed for another 121 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers dominated the first quarter, outgaining the Rebels 200-80. They went on to outscore Ole Miss 42-3 in the second half.
UT-Martin quarterback Jayden Daniels continues to play well despite a loss against the Tennessee Vols, who were ranked No. 14 in the polls before the game. Daniels is now averaging nearly six yards per carry and has a solid arm strength. The quarterback has improved his accuracy and has been more efficient this season.
UT-Martin quarterback Cedric Tillman
UT-Martin quarterback Cedric Tillmen has a lot to prove after a redshirt season, but he’s ready for the next step. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has shown glimpses of his talent, catching 17 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. However, he missed the first two games against Alabama and didn’t play against the Tide last year, missing a chance to start against the Tide. But he has been making big plays recently.
Tennessee’s offense is already missing two key starters for the game against UT-Martin: Jaylen McCollough and Cedric Tillman. Both have been sidelined with injuries. Tillman underwent a tightrope procedure on his ankle in the week of Sept. 17, but he was limited in practice this week. Coach Josh Heupel said he needs to be 100 percent healthy before he can play. The situation now shifts to the Kentucky game.
The Tennessee Vols’ schedule for the week is packed with inactives. The top four starters are Cedric Tillman, Gerald Mincey, and Juwan Mitchell. But the other seven players have already played. The Vols have also missed safety Jalen McCollough, who is still recovering from his “tight rope” ankle surgery.
Cedric Tillman was an early-season star for the Volunteers. His stats jumped after the team’s win over Alabama. However, after the injury, Tillman’s numbers dwindled. Eventually, Bru McCoy took over the quarterback’s position. Meanwhile, Jalen Hyatt became a star in the slot for the Vols, but Ramel Keyton was the clear starter in the wideout position. Against UT-Martin, Keyton caught two touchdown passes. The first one was for 38 yards and the second should have been, too.
After a week filled with injuries, the Tennessee Titans will host UT-Martin this week. The team is also dealing with multiple key injuries, including top wide receiver Cedric Tillman, who has missed the last two games. Meanwhile, Tennessee will return to the SEC next Saturday with a matchup against Kentucky.