The impact that Josh Heupel has made on the Tennessee Vols since arriving in early 2021 has been obvious.

Tennessee is scoring points at a ridiculous pace, which is in sharp contrast to what fans saw during the Jeremy Pruitt era.

There are a few stats, however, that emerged from the Vols’ season-opening win against Ball State that truly show how much Heupel has impacted the program.

Specifically, there are four wild stats (via the Tennessee athletic department) from the Heupel era that are almost hard to believe.

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Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel during the Vol Walk before Tennessee’s game against Ball State in Neyland Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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  1. The Vols scored 59 points against Ball State. That’s the fourth game in a row that Tennessee has scored at least 45 points, which ties a school record that was set during the final four games of the 1993 season.
  2. Since 2018, teams coached by Heupel have scored 30 or more points on 43 occasions. That ties Lincoln Riley for the second most of any FBS head coach.
  3. The Vols have scored a touchdown in the first quarter of every game under Josh Heupel after scoring two first-quarter touchdowns against Ball State.
  4. On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage against Ball State, quarterback Hendon Hooker connected with wide receiver Jalin Hyatt for a 23-yard touchdown. It was the third time in 14 games under Heupel that UT scored on its first play from scrimmage.

Heupel is doing things at Tennessee that have either never been done before in program history or haven’t been done for a very long time.

For the last decade, Vols fans have had to convince themselves that they had the right head coach in place.

Heupel, however, is the one doing all the convincing this time. And that has to feel good for Tennesese fans.

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