Vince’s View: Analyzing key aspects of Vols win over UTSA; Week on SportsTalk & podcasts

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports (on X/Facebook/IG/YouTube)

The Tennessee Volunteers bounced back in impressive fashion with a fast start in route to a 45-14 win over the UTSA Roadrunners. The Vols are now 3-1, 0-1 in SEC play entering next Saturday’s home tilt with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

On SportsTalk Monday, and throughout the week, co-host John Wilkerson and I will discuss and analyze what happened in the game, including these key aspects of the game:

-Looked like Tennessee football again
-Why the fast start
-QB Joe Milton with QB runs we’ve all been waiting for
-Milton with the longest TD run for a QB in Tennessee football history (81 yards on the 1st play)
-A breakdown of why that first play worked
-Milton missing deep throws
-Milton’s leadership on display
-Dylan Sampson showed why he should have been playing
-Tackling improvement
-Offensive and defensive lulls
-Improved offensive line play
-Still no Cooper Mays
-Numbers on how much the tempo on offense was improved
-Numbers on run-game success vs various defensive box counts
-Numbers on 1st down dominance
-Redzone effectiveness
-Officiating per usual
-Tennessee’s best player
-Finally getting to play more reserves
-Limited appearance by Nico
-Which players impressed most
-Areas of concern heading into the South Carolina game this week
-Josh Heupel postgame comments
-Player postgame comments from Milton, Thomas, Sampson, Webb & E. Herring
-Moving forward after the win: Fell much better? Feel a little better? Feel about the same?
-Listener reaction and interaction at 865-656-9900 (text or call)

Here’s what you can expect this week on SportsTalk, weekdays 6-9am Eastern on 99.1 The Sports Animal,, the WNML app and your smart speakers:

6:03/7:03/8:08am The Walk Through (Wallace Real Estate)
Time TBD – UT Football Practice Report (American Outdoor Equipment)
7:55am This Date in TN Football History (Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union)
8:03am Step To The Plate At 8 (Trivia with great prizes)

8:35am Monday Morning Quarterback w/VFL Heath Shuler

7:18 to 7:48am The Officiating Half Hour with Gerald Hodges (AG Heins)
8:18 to 8:48am Brent Hubbs – Volquest (Diversified Enclosures & Screen)

Time TBD – The Journey
7:25am Shane Beamer – South Carolina HC for our UT Opponent Preview
8:20am Mike Keith
8:35am VFL Matt Simms

7:35am VFL Steve Hamer (AG Heins)
8:20am Tony Vitello
8:35am John McClain

6:20am Football Weekend Package
7:35am UT Football Game Preview
8:35am Six Pack of Picks

John Wilkerson and I call high school football on Friday nights and producer Sam Forman is the studio host with updates, scores and postgame interviews on 99.1 The Sports Animal. Here is the commercial-free podcast of the game I called with Catholic having an open week and interviews for you to listen to.

KNOXVILLE, TN – September 23, 2023 – Defensive back Tamarion McDonald #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the UT San Antonio Roadrunners and the Tennessee Volunteers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics


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