Just look at this graphic that the Tennessee Football Twitter account posted last night…
The Heupel Effect.
FINAL 2021 NUMBERS 📊 pic.twitter.com/0PkfatGIL2
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) January 13, 2022
Look, I knew Josh Heupel’s offense in year one was awesome. Tennessee scored a ton of points on everybody they played. It was a total blast to watch, but I’m not sure I realized just how good Heupel’s offense was in the context of the history of Vols football.
This guy took one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the nation in 2020 (thanks a lot, Jeremy Pruitt) and made it into the highest-scoring offense in the past TWENTY-NINE years for UT football. Tennessee won a national championship, two SEC championships, and had Peyton Manning for a quarterback in the last 29 years. It’s crazy.
And Heupel did all of this with a lesser set of players than Pruitt had a year ago. Lest we forget the Vols had more player transfers than any program in America last offseason. Honestly, what Heupel managed to do shouldn’t even be possible.
I also love that Tennessee’s social media team is now just dunking right on Pruitt. He deserves the ridicule and Heupel deserves the praise.
Just think what could happen if Heupel can put this offense together with a better defense. Somebody check the portal for some defensive backs and get your NIL money ready.
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