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Assistant Coach Brady Hoke reacts to a touchdown by Missouri on the sideline during a game between Tennessee and Missouri at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, on Saturday November 11, 2017.(Photo: Calvin Mattheis, Knoxville News Sentinel)Quarterbacks For all of LSU highly ranked recruiting classes, it often comes up short at quarterback. Danny Etling won scare opponents with either his arm or legs. But he can take a snap from center with the best of them and has been effective at times, as he was last week against Arkansas. Although UT Jarrett Guarantano lacks Etling experience, he more mobile and has a stronger arm. Freshman Will McBride, who started in place of the injured Guarantano against Missouri, is an even better runner. The question: Can either Guarantano or McBride stay upright long enough against LSU pass rush to demonstrate his skill?More: Grumor mill in full swing about Jon Gruden as UT Vols’ coaching search unfolds
Running backsDerrius Guice, who has rushed for 929 yards, is just another reminder that LSU has no trouble recruiting running backs. An early season injury short circuited his Heisman Trophy possibilities, but he flashed his talent against Ole Miss a few weeks ago when he rushed for 276 yards on 22 carries. He probably could limp his way to 100 against UT run defense, which ranks 126th out of 129 FBS teams. Power running Darrel Williams also could pose problems for UT defense. UT John Kelly rushed for only 21 yards last week against Missouri but has 711 yards for the season.
Tennessee Vols vs. Mizzou game action photosReceivers/tight endsWide receiver Brandon Johnson leads the Vols with 28 catches for 350 yards. Marquez Callaway, who missed last week Missouri game with an ankle injury, has 19 catches for 318 yards. Chark sticks out now. He has 29 catches for 718 yards and a 24.8 yard average per catch. After going nine games without a touchdown, he had two last week against Arkansas. The Vols have adjusted by moving freshman Trey Smith from guard to tackle and starting redshirt tackle Devante Brooks. Smith played right and left tackle last week against Missouri. Redshirt freshman Ryan Johnson has become a regular at left guard in the second half of the season. LSU offensive line, which starts two true freshmen, struggled early but has improved. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
Defensive lineTennessee defensive front was pounded by Missouri offensive line, which helped the Tigers pile up 433 yards rushing. The Vols had only one sack and two tackles for loss against Missouri. Defensive end Darrel Taylor leads UT’s defensive front with three sacks. LSU defense got everyone attention when it held Alabama to 299 yards. You don do that unless you strong up front, which the Tigers usually are. Their three man defensive front is comprised of Greg Gilmore, Christian LaCouture and Rashard Lawrence. Colton Jumper has 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. LSU Devin White has been a tackling machine. He leads his team with 103 tackles and also has 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Despite a slow start, Arden Key is one of the SEC most feared pass rushers on a defense that ranks second in the SEC in sacks. 14, 2017, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. (Photo: Albert Cesare )
SecondaryFreshman cornerback Andraez Williams, who has four interceptions, plays with great confidence, as does this secondary in general. Grant Delpit, another freshman, has seven passes broken up. Safety John Battle leads the secondary with 50 tackles. Tennessee safety Nigel Warrior, who has 69 tackles, returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown against Missouri. Chark has returned two punts for touchdowns. Aaron Medley had a career long 48 yard field goal against Missouri. Trevor Daniel is averaging 47.1 yards per punt.