Tennessee football podcast: Vols must find ways to slow down Missouri’s passing attack

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee might have to do something it hasn’t quite shown an ability to do this season when it travels to Missouri this weekend.

For the Vols to win their first game of the season they will likely have to put up points in bunches to compete.

Missouri’s offense comes into the game as one of the hottest in the country. Quarterback Drew Lock keeps the offense humming with his quick reads and deep passes.

WMNL’s Josh Ward brings SEC Network analyst Tom Hart on the SEC Country Tennessee podcast to discuss the Missouri offense.

“No doubt about it,” Hart said. “Missouri is going to put points on the board. Likely through the passing game. Drew Lock, I think, leads the country in passing touchdowns. That’s a simple stat you can throw out there. I look at it a different way, Loke has more passing touchdowns than Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Illinois combined. So, this is a guy who puts it in the air a lot and isn’t afraid of the deep ball.”

Lock has thrown for 2,795 yards this season and 31 touchdowns.

It might surprise people how little Lock gets sacked for how often Missouri throws the football. Defenses have only brought him down 7 times this season.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said at his Monday press conference it might be the most impressive stat about Lock.

“When you look at the quarterback fundamentals, in terms of playing the position, he has as quick of a release as anybody,” Jones said. “We have faced probably the best, in terms of that. He can make all the throws. He has a live arm. They play to his skill set.”

Ward and SEC Country’s Blake Morgan also discuss the de-commitment of offensive tackle Cade Mays.

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