Film room: How Tennessee can have success against Georgia's defensive personnel

No. 3 Tennessee (8-0, 4-0 SEC) will play at No. 1 Georgia (8-0, 5-0 SEC) Saturday in Week 10.

Kickoff between the Vols and Bulldogs is slated for 3:30 p.m. EDT. CBS will televise the SEC East matchup from Sanford Stadium.

Prior to Tennessee’s 52-49 win versus Alabama in Week 7, Vols Wire highlighted how Josh Heupel’s offense could have success against the Crimson Tide.

Vols Wire highlighted how Josh Heupel’s offense could have success against the Crimson Tide.

Highlighting Tennessee’s ability to have success against Alabama stemmed from the Crimson Tide’s Week 1 game versus Utah State.

Anthony Tucker serves as Utah State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2022.

He served as running backs coach (2018-20) under Heupel at UCF.

Tucker also served as passing game coordinator (2019) and co-offensive coordinator (2020) under Heupel with the Knights.

In this installment of highlighting how Tennessee can have offensive success against its next opponent, Vols Wire breaks down the Georgia-Kent State game in Week 4.

Georgia defeated Kent State, 39-22, at Sanford Stadium.

Andrew Sowder serves as Kent State’s offensive coordinator. He played and coached at Baylor.

Sowder served as a student assistant coach at Baylor from 2009-10.

Sowder and Kent State executes similar schemes as Tennessee under Heupel, stemming from Baylor’s veer and shoot.

Next are Georgia’s defensive personnel and how they performed against Kent State and the Golden Flashes’ offensive scheme similar to the Vols.

Smael Mondon Jr. Effective off the edge against 11-personnel How will he handle pulling guard play? Can be attacked in the passing game in the middle of the field

Smael Mondon Jr. Kirby Smart brings pressure with him in short yardage passing situations and in long situations in the B-gap Communicates well with Jamon Dumas-Johnson presnap

Kamari Lassiter Has trouble defending vertical plays on the boundary side Faces issues covering vertical plays from a tight end or with a slot in a three-man surface Is physical on the line 

Nolan Smith Jr. Is effective blitzing on the opposite side of a H-back in 2×1 sets He could be matched up on Darnell Wright’s side

Kelee Ringo Has good mobility and is able to change directions on verticals and posts in man coverage Can play man-coverage on the field side against a double stack and one-on-one on the boundary and field side

Daylen Everette Plays man coverage on the field side versus vertical plays and against rubs

Jamon Dumas-Johnson Communicates well presnap, especially with Bear Alexander on the defensive line Plays well shooting the gap against the run He will need to be able to play fast and attack space against Tennessee’s tempo 

Jamon Dumas-Johnson Communicates well with Smael Mondon Jr. presnap Kirby Smart brings pressure with him in the B-gap

Mykel Williams Will have to be able to keep up with tempo and play in space from the outside

Trezmen Marshall Can bite off playaction, creating space for a quick 6-8 yard pass towards the middle of the field

Javon Bullard Plays a stack receiver attacking the middle of the field Can he play enough tight coverage against Tennessee?

Malaki Starks Helps out Kamari Lassiter on deep plays Can be attacked in the passing game with soft slot coverage on the field side 

Malaki Starks Can face issues in 11-personnel, three-man surface looks throwing to a tight end opposite of a three-man surface to the boundary side Gives up space on rubs on the boundary side

Christopher Smith Can face issues playing assignment football in covering passes in 10-personnel 

Robert Beal Jr. Has the ability to bring pressure, especially in third and manageable situations Can face issues defending passes in the flat

Bill Norton Has the ability to stop the run on outside zone plays Faces issues running down a quarterback when a play breaks down Cooper Mays should have the ability to play with Norton one-on-one

Jalen Carter Has speed and is athletic with an ability to control gaps against the run

Nazir Stackhouse and Zion Logue Talented players who are a force and provide a presence in the trenches