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Marino | RB John Kelly puts team on his back in Vols win over Georgia Tech

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Marino | RB John Kelly puts team on his back in Vols win over Georgia Tech

Tennessee Volunteers v Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Monday September 4, 2017

Mercedes-Benz, Stadium/Atlanta, Georgia

Score:  Tennessee (42), Georgia Tech (41)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Tennessee Volunteers

John Kelly, RB, Junior:  Runs hard with great balance and a low center of gravity. Doesn’t go down on first contact. Absorbs and powers through contact extremely well for his size. Put team on his back in the second half with aggressive carries to keep the offense moving when otherwise stagnant. Stock:  Up

Jauan Jennings, WR, Junior: Failed to adjust to low football. Did not impress with burst in open field situation to convert a third down, coming 2-yards shy of a conversion when it appeared he had the necessary space. Dropped another ball right at his numbers, facing the quarterback in an uncontested situation. Did not play in second half due to injury.  Stock:  Down

Ethan Wolfe, TE, Senior: Got open down the seam but ball was a tad overthrown, sold out for it but couldn’t secure. Leaked into space for a few easy receptions. Inconsistent QB play mitigated his ability to produce.  Stock:  Same

Reginald McKenzie, DL, Junior:  Demonstrates plus power at the point of attack; difficult to move out of gaps. Remained disciplined in his run fits which could not be said for his teammates. Did not have opportunities to rush the passer. Consistently rallied to the football.  Stock:  Same


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


None Notable

Other Players that Flashed 

Trey Smith, G, Freshman, Tennessee:  Easy to see why he was No. 1 high school recruit. Ideal frame and overwhlemed with power. Good mobility and you can tell he has a mean streak.

Kendal Vickers, DL, Senior, Tennessee:  Could not maintain his run fits and was washed out of gaps. Can tell the battle of attrition got to him defending the options.

Marquez Callaway, WR, Sophomore, Tennessee:  Dominated at the catch point and showed the ability to high point. Defenders were draped on him and did not seem impacted. Good burst and ability to create yards for himself after the catch.

Evan Berry, KR, Senior, Tennessee:  Explosive return guy with a natural feel for where space is going to be. Has an NFL career for his upside on special teams.

Daniel Bituli, LB, Sophomore, Tennessee:  Did well to read his keys, flow to the football and consistently finish. Shows good burst and lateral mobility. Not afraid to greet ball carriers in the hole. Shows good length.

Shamire Devine, G, Senior, Georgia Tech:  MASSIVE frame that was able to overwhelm with power and girth at the point of attack. Probably too big but it’s hard to ignore his ability to generate movement in drive block situations.

Antonio Simmons, EDGE, Senior, Georgia Tech:  Never got home but there were moments when he flashed burst and bend around the edge.

Best Players on the Field 

John Kelly, RB, Tennessee

Marquez Callaway, WR, Tennessee

Trey Smith, G, Tennessee

TaQuon Marshall, QB, Georgia Tech

Forgettable Performances

Kendal Vickers, DL, Tennessee


Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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