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Tennessee Volunteers vs Texas A&M Aggies 10/08/2016

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Tennessee Volunteers vs Texas A&M Aggies 10/08/2016

Tennessee Volunteers v Texas A&M Aggies

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Kyle Field/College Station, TX

Score:  Texas A&M (45), Tennessee (38)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Tennessee Offense

Alvin Kamara, RB, Junior:  Kamara was the best player on the Tennessee offense as he turned in terrific production as both a runner (18 carries, 127 yards, 2 TD) and receiver (8 catches, 161 yards, TD).  Kamara proved to be explosive with the ball in his hands and showed terrific vision of the field, burst to hit the hole and physicality to pick up yards after contact. His balance and ability to make cuts was also impressive. In Jalen Hurd’s absence, Kamara stepped up in a big way.  Stock:  Up

Josh Dobbs, QB, Senior:   Dobbs had a highly productive outing in which he completed 28 passes on 47 attempts for 398 yards with 1 TD and an interception. Dobbs had success when his primary option was over and he could make throws in rhythm.  When his primary read wasn’t open, Dobbs was able to have success as a runner but failed to have success working progressions or throwing with accuracy on his second read.  His lack of pocket awareness also lead to some costly turnovers. Stock:  Slightly down

Josh Malone, WR, Junior:  Malone has been a major factor in making plays that lead to previous Vols wins this season but not against the Aggies. Malone only caught 2 passses for 31 yards and had two costly drops late in the game that proved costly. This was  a down game when his team needed him most. Stock:  Down

Tennessee Defense

Derek Barnett, DE, Junior:   Barnett had another fantastic performance for the Vols as he totaled 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QB hits and a pass breakup. On the pass breakup he was able to cover Josh Reynolds vertically down the field. Barnett was sturdy setting the edge as was consistent in generating pressure on the passer. He had an a terrific 3 week stretch. Stock:  Rising

Texas A&M Offense

Josh Reynolds, WR, Senior:  Reynolds was the Aggies most prolific receiver hauling in 5 receptions for 89 yards and a TD. He made a spectacular one-handed reception down the sideline and showed terrific skills at the catch point. Another impressive reception was negated by an illegal man downfield but Reynolds ball skills are excitable. Stock:  Same

Texas A&M Defense

Myles Garrett, DE, Junior:  Garrett battled through and injury played about half the snaps on defense but was still able to produce a strip sack by shooting an inside gap and splitting a double team. He was still able to play stout but lacked the explosiveness we are used to seeing because of the injury. Stock:  Same

Justin Evans, S, Senior:  Evans was explosive attack the football going forward out in the boundary and in the box. He had an active game with 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 interception and 2 pass breakups. His click and close ability jarred the football loose from Josh Malone on a 3rd down. His ability to process quick game and react was apparent. Stock:  Up

Armani Watt, S, Junior:  Watt had a mostly positive, active game where he compiled 9 tackles, a forced fumble, 1 interception and a pass breakup.  On the forced fumble, Watt was able to strip the ball from Alvin Kamara at the end of a long gain from Kamara that would have likely set up a Tennessee score. Watt was run over on a Kamara TD run later in the game and missed a few tackles but going for forced fumbles and not secure tackles. Stock:  Same

Daeshon Hall, DE, Senior:  Hall generated steady pressure on the quarterback and was credited with a half sack and four quarterback hits. He would have been even more productive if there was more collective pressure instead of Hall always being the one forcing Dobbs to flush the pocket. His frame and athletic profile are appealing. Stock:  Same

Other Players that Flashed

Shaan Washington, LB, Texas A&M:  There were several reps that Washington showed good lateral flow to the football and good finishing ability.

Best Players on the Field

Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

Forgettable Performances

Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee

Joe Marino

Joe Marino is the Assistant Director of NDT Scouting and co-host of the Draft Dudes Podcast. Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011.

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