Over the last several weeks, Jim Chaney is showing everyone why the Tennessee Vols are paying him $1.5 million this season to be the program’s offensive coordinator.
Tennessee’s offense started slow this season, which is to be expected with a new coordinator.
But since week seven, the Vols’ passing offense has been the most explosive in the SEC.
The SEC’s most explosive pass offenses since Week 7 (percentage of passes that net 20+ yards)
— SEC StatCat (@SEC_StatCat) November 30, 2019
Tennessee’s top three wide receivers have seen a massive uptick in their numbers during that time period.
Senior wide receiver Marquez Callaway has five games with 100 receiving yards during his career at UT. Four of those instances have occurred this season. Three of them have happened since week seven.
Junior wide receiver Josh Palmer had the best game of his career in Tennessee’s win against Missouri last week. The Ontario native had never surpassed 100 yards in a game before catching six passes for 124 yards against the Tigers.
Redshirt senior Jauan Jennings, to the surprise of no one, has also been lighting up the stat sheet recently. Over the last four games, Jennings has 20 receptions for 408 yards. That’s easily the best four game stretch of Jennings’ career.
Speaking of great four game stretches, redshirt junior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has tossed for 906 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception over the last four weeks. That’s not too bad considering he only started one of those games.
It took a while for the Vols to find their stride this season, but it’s clear that Chaney’s impact on UT’s offense has been massive.
Moving forward, I’d expect Chaney’s impact to be even greater.
In less than a year, Chaney has taken an offense that could barely move the ball and turned it into one of the most explosive in the SEC.
Imagine what Chaney will be able to do as an established coordinator (at Tennessee) with more talent on the roster.
The future is bright for the Vols’ offense. Certainly brighter than it has been in quite a while.
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