Interim head coach Brady Hoke and the Tennessee Volunteers dropped their last game of the season on Saturday to the Vanderbilt Commodores in Neyland Stadium. With the loss, the Volunteers logged their first 8-loss season in program history.
Here is who earned helmet stickers in Tennessee’s final game of the 2017 season.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano completed 14 passes out of 22 attempts for 183 yards and two touchdowns against Vanderbilt on Saturday. On the opening drive for the Vols, Guarantano led the offense to a 85-yard touchdown drive, finding receiver Marquez Callaway in the left corner of the end zone for the first score of the game. Later in the second half, Guarantano was able to find tight end Ethan Wolf for a 20-yard touchdown to cut the Vanderbilt lead to 42-24.
Wide Receiver Brandon Johnson ended the game with six receptions for 107 yards. Aside from not scoring a touchdown, Johnson led the Vols in receiving and also averaged 17 yards-per-reception. He also hauled in a big 32-yard completion on the sidelines on a third and long play late in the first half.
The Tennessee defense racked up a total of 78 tackles and twelve of them were courtesy of sophomore linebacker Daniel Bituli. Bituli showed a lot of fight although still being down late in the game. Bituli is a very smart, young player for the Vols defense and really showed up this season when depended on. His play was substantial this season at middle linebacker, and he will surely be a staple in the Tennessee defense for years to come.
Sophomore receiver Marquez Callaway racked up three catches for 16 yards and one touchdown. Callaway’s score came in the first offensive possession for Tennessee. It was third-and-goal from the 2-yard line when Jarrett Guarantano floated one in the left corner of the end zone to Callaway, who then makes an incredible one handed catch while falling backwards for the touchdown.
Junior safety Micah Abernathy is a vocal leader for the Tennessee defense and was also the second leading tackler for the Vols against the Commodores, picking up 11 tackles while also interrupting a handful of passes thrown his way. Abernathy will be a pivotal part of the Tennessee defense next season.
Edited by Seth Raborn
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