September 25, 2012

Brice's Off the Beaten Path

It's year five of "Off the Beaten Path," and the Volunteers have the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the Southeastern Conference at 38.2 points per game.

Georgia, incidentally, has the top-ranked scoring offense in the league at more than 47 points per game and is ranked fifth in both the AP and USA Today polls and is seeking its first 5-0 start in six years.

A year ago against the Vols, Georgia's reigning star on defense, Jarvis Jones, punished UT with five tackles, including 3.5 for losses and three quarterback hurries.

Vols placekicker Derrick Brodus hit all five of his extra-point kicks in Saturday's win, marking the first time this season Tennessee played a game without missing a PAT.

Sophomore linebacker A.J. Johnson did get the fifth career double-digit tackle game just 16 contests into his collegiate career. Johnson amassed 11 stops and scored his second career touchdown.

Tennessee has had some success Between the Hedges across its last five trips there. The Vols are 2-3, with dramatic wins in both the 2004 and 2006 seasons.

Lastly, the Vols had five Nashville natives play significant roles in their 47-26 win against Akron Saturday night inside Neyland Stadium. Music City natives Antonio 'Tiny' Richardson and James Stone started together on the offensive line for the fourth-straight game; backup Alex Bullard got work as well; defensive back Eric Gordon helped the Vols crack open the game with a fourth-quarter interception; and former walk-on Jacob Carter streaked into the end zone on a reception from Tyler Bray for the Vols' final score.

On to this week's Path …

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