I think the general consensus is that Tennessee’s green offensive line is going to have its hands full with pass protection Saturday. The big question is how the Vol coaches scheme to help Worley stay upright in the pocket.
One obvious way would be to run the ball. The problem with that is that to date the running game been a weakness for Tennessee’s offense and stopping the run is one thing Georgia’s defense does at least competently.
Another possibility would be to throw a lot of quick, short passes to keep Georgia’s pass rush from having the time to get to the quarterback. If you listen to the last episode of the Seth and Gentry Show (it starts at about the 20:30 mark), that’s what a media observer of the Tennessee program suggests for the Vols. And, statistically speaking, that appears to be the nature of UT’s passing game, anyway, as the Vols are averaging 240 passing yards a game, but only averaging 5.9 yards per attempt.
The problem I see with that approach is that it appears to play into another area Georgia’s been competent in, at least after the first half of the Clemson game. Georgia’s pass defense has done alright defending the underneath stuff, even against South Carolina. Where the secondary has continued to look vulnerable has been with the intermediary and deeper pass plays, where receivers have had enough time to find the holes in Pruitt’s zone defense, or to exploit breakdowns in man-to-man coverage. But having enough time brings Tennessee back to the issue of pass protection.
To me, it looks like a classic damned if you do, damned if you don’t choice. I suspect UT tries a little of everything to see what sticks to the wall, but that’s pure guesswork on my part.