KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — At the midway point of Tennessee’s season, it’s a good time to delve into the stats, numbers and notes and see where the Volunteers currently stand.
No. 63 — Scoring offense (30.4 points per game)
No. 84 — Scoring defense (29.9 points per game)
No. 43 — Passing defense (207.7 yards per game)
No. 78 — Passing offense (224.0 yards per game)
No. 107 — Rushing defense (219.4 yards per game)
No. 72 — Rushing offense (169.6 yards per game)
No. 82 — Yards per play allowed (5.8 yards per play)
* Tackles for loss — The Vols ranks No. 3 in the SEC with 47 TFLs, good for nearly 7 per game.
* 4 — Successful comebacks facing double-digit deficits. Tennessee also came back from a 21-point deficit vs. Texas A&M to force overtime but lost in the second extra session, 45-38.
* Kickoff returns — Evan Berry hasn’t reached the end zone yet, but the electric returner has given UT solid field position consistently, averaging 27.8 yards per return.
* Alvin Kamara — Before his injury, the versatile tailback tallied 21 plays (receiving or rushing) of more than 10 yards — second most in the SEC.
* 14 — Passing touchdowns. In seven games, quarterback Josh Dobbs is just one touchdown shy from tying his career high (15) set last season.
* Derek Barnett — Name a stat, really. The junior tied for second in the SEC with 6 sacks. His 11.5 TFLs are tied for No. 4 nationally.
* Penalties — The Volunteers average 5.9 flags per game — middle of the road in the SEC. But the yardage — 52.6 yards per game — ranks No. 12 in the conference.
* 3.8 yards per carry — Junior tailback Jalen Hurd is averaging less than 4 yards per carry, ranking No. 38 among all runners in the SEC.
* Red zone defense — Tennessee has allowed scores (touchdowns or field goals) on more than 82 percent of opponents’ drives inside the 20-yard line. That ranks No. 10 in the SEC.
* 9 — Interceptions. Dobbs leads the conference with 9 picks — more than he’s thrown in any previous season at Tennessee.
* 17 — Turnovers. Tennessee’s 17 giveaways ranks No. 125 nationally — ahead of only Duke, Bowling Green and Kansas.
* 21 — Fumbles. Most in the country. Amazingly, the Volunteers have lost less than 40 percent of their fumbles.
* Explosive plays allowed — The Volunteers’ banged-up defense has been gashed for big plays, yielding 36 snaps more than 20 yards. That ranks tied for No. 100 nationally and third worst in the SEC. Furthermore, they’ve allowed 11 plays more than 40 yards — eighth most among Power 5 schools.
* 1 — Number of games Hurd has eclipsed the century mark (110 yards against Appalachian State) in 2016.
* 972 — Total rushing yards allowed against Georgia, Texas A&M and Alabama.
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* 2 — Performances by Dobbs over 300 passing yards and under 100 passing yards this season. Dobbs had 319 yards against Florida and 398 yards at Texas A&M, but he totaled just 91 and 92 yards, respectively, against Virginia Tech and Alabama.
* 17 — Injured players who have started at least one game for Tennessee in 2016.
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* 4 — Defenders with sacks this season. Barnett (6), Corey Vereen (2), Kendal Vickers (1) and Darrin Kirkland (1).
* 8 — Tennessee players who have scored a touchdown this season. Dobbs (6), Kamara (6), Hurd (4), Vereen (1), Josh Malone (5), Jauan Jennings (3), John Kelly (2) and Ethan Wolf (1).