The Tennessee Vols are going to win games under Josh Heupel by using an up-tempo offensive attack.
When the Vols slow things down, the offense isn’t nearly as effective. We saw that in the second half of Tennessee’s 45-20 win against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday afternoon.
Tennessee gained only 25 yards of total offense in the third quarter while trying to bleed the clock. They weren’t able to move the ball efficiently when they weren’t utilizing an up-tempo attack.
But just because the Vols need to play fast to be effective, doesn’t mean the offense is one-dimensional.
Heupel can still give defenses different looks. And he’s aware that other teams are scouting the Vols, trying to gain an edge.
“It’s (Tennessee’s offensive strategy) just the way you’re going to attack people and your belief in what he’s doing (Hendon Hooker), being able to take care of the football and being able to read things out,” said Heupel after the Vols’ win on Saturday. “Sometimes, you want to change up who you are. They’re scouting you too.”
Heupel is aware that opposing defensive coordinators are actively trying to figure out a way to slow down Tennessee’s high-scoring offense (ranked No. 7 in the nation currently).
And he knows that the same plays won’t always work. That’s why Heupel is always keeping different looks in his back pocket.
Like this third-down play against South Carolina.
Josh Heupel really broke out this play against South Carolina pic.twitter.com/DZ39essR3v
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) October 10, 2021
Heupel is working hard to always stay a step ahead.
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