The Tennessee Vols‘ offense was one of the best in the nation last season.

Tennessee finished with the No. 7 scoring offense in the country in large part because of an efficient passing game.

Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker completed 68 percent of his passes while throwing 31 touchdowns against only three interceptions.

Suffice it to say, Tennessee’s passing game was hitting on all cylinders last season.

Yet somehow, it’s going to be even better in 2022.

Vols redshirt senior tight end Princeton Fant spoke to reporters on Tuesday after Tennessee’s morning practice and he suggested that UT’s offense is a lot sharper than it was at this time last season.

“I definitely do (feel the offense is a lot sharper),” said Fant on Tuesday. “I feel like we’re all buying into the passing game as well. Just buying into the coaches, understanding what’s going on coming into year two. It’s definitely been very smooth, very sharp and we’re ready to compete.”

It’s hard to imagine the Vols’ passing game being much better than it was last season. The only area where Tennessee can really stand to improve is just hitting on more of their down-field shots.

The Vols obviously hit on quite a few of those last season, but they also left some points on the board by missing open receivers down the field. If that part of Tennessee’s passing game is “sharper” in 2022, then it’s going to be a long season for opposing SEC defensive coordinators.

And I don’t just mean the defensive coordinators of teams like Vanderbilt and Missouri — it’s going to be a problem for Alabama and Georgia, too.

When the Vols’ offense is operating at 100 percent, I’m not sure there’s a defense in the country that can stop them. We saw them give Alabama and Georgia a fit in year one of the Josh Heupel era. Year two might be when Tennessee finally breaks through against the upper echelon of the SEC.

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