Tennessee Football suffered its fourth straight loss of the season on Saturday against Arkansas, and it can’t get much worse than this.
Tennessee football’s offensive performance against Arkansas might be the worst offensive performance we’ve seen this season. The Vols started the game on a pretty good note and took a 13-0 lead in the first half, but it was all Arkansas after that.
The Tennessee offense once again did not show up in the second half of the game on Saturday. Some inconsistencies in the quarterback play and who the quarterback was throughout the game didn’t help.
Jarrett Guarantano exited the game after suffering a head injury, but he didn’t seem to be throwing the ball too much before he left the game. In the two and a half quarters that Guarantano played in, he threw for 5-of-8 for 42 yards, which is nothing to write home about.
Brian Maurer came in to run the offense for Guarantano and quickly led the offense to a three and out. After throwing the ball four times and not completing one pass, Jeremy Pruitt then opted to put Harrison Bailey in the game.
As someone who would like to see Harrison Bailey quarterback the offense full-time, no quarterback will succeed when you play three quarterbacks and don’t allow any of them to throw the ball at least ten times.
Bailey had the most passes of any of the three quarterbacks as he went 6-for-9 for 65 yards and two interceptions. The two interceptions obviously killed the offense, but I can’t say it was the worst performance I’ve ever seen from a Tennessee quarterback.
If Guarantano will be out for at least next week with the possibility of being out for other games, then Pruitt needs to decide on a quarterback and stick with it. Every time he’s played a backup quarterback, he’s flip-flopped on his decision or almost immediately threw a different backup quarterback to replace the initial backup.
There has been a lot of inconsistency with the play-calling and decision-making from the coaches, and the play on the field hasn’t bailed them out. It looks like this season will be a wash as the Vols can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is this season, but they’re going to have to play some good teams before they can call it a season.