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

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

The Tennessee Volunteers blacked-out the South Carolina Gamecocks Saturday night in Knoxville, 41-20. The Vols are now 4-1, 1-1 in SEC play entering UT’s open week.

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:

-UT was clearly the better team
-The defense won this game
-Aspects of the defense that were improved and why
-Return of starting center Cooper Mays, who made his season debut
-Other changes/improvements on the offensive line
-Joe Milton’s positives
-Joe Milton’s INTs
-Different play calls
-Great tempo again
-Squirrel White’s perfect, physical, breakout performance
-Devastating and gruesome Bru McCoy injury
-How do you try to fill McCoy’s void
-Crowd was a factor
-Run-game effective again
-First down dominance on offense continued
-Third down defense
-Line of scrimmage dominance
-Freshmen standouts
-James Pearce Jr. is a developing star pass rusher
-Rattler was uncomfortable and worst game since pre-upset of the Vols in 2022
-Rattler on Vols “Super Bowl”
-Beamer’s thoughts on Tennessee
-Josh Heupel postgame comments
-Joe Milton, Jaylen Wright, Squirrel White, James Pearce Jr. and Elijah Herring in postgame
-To-Do List in the open week
-Where the Vols stand in the conversation for the East title
-The extra point injuries continue
-One thing Tennessee did that reminded me of last year (and I’m not talking about the tempo)
-Listener reaction and interaction at 865-656-9900 (text or call)
-Much more

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
8:20am Mike Keith
8:35am Danny White

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

6:20am Football Weekend Package
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 Jay Graham on the KOC Game of the Week and John’s call with Rob Demastus of Catholic football, plus postgame interviews for you to listen to.

KNOXVILLE, TN – September 30, 2023 – Defensive back Wesley Walker #13 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics


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