KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee offense has not looked right through four weeks of the 2017 season.
Georgia comes to Knoxville this Saturday and it is an ideal time for the offense to click.
The Vols stumbled to a 17-13 win against UMass last Saturday in what might have been the worst offensive installment of the season.
A first-year starting quarterback in Quinten Dormady coupled with a new offensive coordinator in Larry Scott could give reason to some of the offensive missteps. After a training camp and four games together, things should probably be clicking a little better than they have.
Dormady threw for 187 yards and a touchdown on 27 attempts Saturday. Running back John Kelly ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, but it took 25 attempts to reach the century mark.
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Johnson said after the UMass game everything is in place for the players to succeed.
“I think it was just execution,” Johnson said. “The formula is there. The game plan is there. I just say it comes down to execution.”
Kelly echoed Johnson’s assessment about execution being the culprit.
“We were frustrated,” Kelly said. “I feel like we just have to execute. That is one thing we could definitely work on more is just the execution of the plays that are being called and the passion behind it, but those are things we are going to be able to get corrected.”
Georgia limited Mississippi State to 3 points on Saturday. Mississippi State came into the game averaging just under 48 points per game.
Tennessee has averaged just more than 29 points per game this season.
Johnson said he believes the offense will get things right as the team prepares for its toughest test of the season.
“It’s just our culture, really,” Johnson said. “It’s something I can’t really explain. Once you’re in it, it’s just the culture that we have as far as an offense goes, defense as well. Our confidence never wavers, no matter what. A win or loss, it doesn’t matter.”