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Scouting Report: Ohio

Memphis (2-6)
at
Tennessee (4-4)

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Neyland Stadium
Tickets: UTTix.com
TV: ESPNU
Radio: Vol Network
Web: Live audio

Names to Know

WR Duke Calhoun
Another week, another big receiver the Vols have to face. Calhoun is 6-foot-4, but his biggest numbers are the 95.5 yards receiving he's averaging per game. His 743 total yards lead the team, and Calhoun doesn't return kicks.

RB Curtis Steele
He's not quite DeAngelo Wiliams, but he's still pretty good. Despite missing two games earlier in the year, he has 569 yards on 110 carries and five touchdowns. He also had a breakout game two weeks ago against UTEP with 240 yards.

QB Will Hudgens
He's improved each of the last three weeks as a starter, but he's also has at least one interception in the four game he's attempted 15 or more passes.

CB Deante' Lamar
Despite playing corner, he ranks second on the team with 48 tackles and leads the team with six passes broken up. Also has an interception.

BY DREW EDWARDS
UTSports.com

The Vols enter Saturday’s game against Memphis on a roll. They’ve won two of three, with the only loss being a near-upset of then-No. 1 Alabama.

Memphis, however, is reeling. The Tigers have lost two in a row and four of their last five, the lone exception being a 35-20 win over UTEP.

The challenge this week for Tennessee will be finding a way to avoid a letdown – and juggling some injury concerns on defense. But based on the way the Vols’ staff has gotten this team ready to play week after week, perhaps it shouldn’t be.

Strengths:
The Tigers are balanced offensively, with a nearly equal number of runs and passes so far this season.

Quarterback Will Hudgens, who has started the last three games, has thrown for 958 yards and completed nearly 61 percent of his passes. That’s still a drop off from Tyler Bass, a dual-threat who is out for the year with a shoulder injury.

Memphis has also done a solid job protecting the quarterback. It’s given up just eight sacks on the year, which ranks 12th nationally and tops in Conference USA.

And while its running game only ranks 80th in the country, tailback Curtis Steele averages 99 yards per game and is fourth in C-USA.

Weaknesses:
To put it kindly, Memphis has a hard time hanging onto the football.

So far this season, the Tigers have committed 19 turnovers in eight games, including four last week against East Carolina. They rank 102nd in the nation in turnover margin, and they’re minus-seven on turnovers for the year.

The Tigers haven’t been stellar on special teams this season, either.

 

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