Tennessee Football is off to a hot start, and its receiving corps has been graded as one of the best groups in the country behind only one other team.
When you think of Tennessee football, you don’t necessarily think about its receivers, at least not this year. Coming into the 2020 season, Tennessee fans knew Josh Palmer would be WR1, but other than that, it was up in the air who else would step up for the Vols.
On the other hand, there was another group of Tennessee fans that believed in the Tennessee receivers based on the raw talent on the roster. Judging from the first two games of the season it looks like the latter group had the right feeling about this group of receivers.
Another question on the offense coming into the season was how well the quarterback play would be. Receivers can only be as good as their quarterback, with a few elite exceptions. While the quarterback play hasn’t been necessarily great for Jarrett Guarantano, it has been good enough.
By good enough, I mean it has been good enough to put the Tennessee receivers in a position to receive one of the country’s best grades as a position group.
Pro Football Focus has rated the Tennessee receivers with a 74.6 out of 100, and while in school a 74 isn’t always great, in this ranking, it’s pretty great. That places the Vols in second and behind Alabama who holds down the top spot in the country with a grade of 86.8.
It’s been a rough couple of decades for the Vols on the gridiron with the occasional up, followed by quite a few downs. As a young Tennessee fan that has seen few successes and many failures from the program, it’s rare to find the Vols at No. 2 in a grade or ranking that’s positive, but don’t get me wrong I love seeing it.
Tennessee’s receivers will face its hardest test yet this Saturday as the Vols travel to Athens to take on No. 3 Georgia. Kirby Smart is known for his defense, so the Vols will have their hands full this weekend, but if the receivers are as good as shown on paper, then they should be able to make some plays this Saturday.