Copy Chief Gage Arnold and Sports Editor David Cobb covered UT's 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium on Saturday and assessed grades for each of the Vols' position groups.

Quarterbacks: D

As much as everyone wishes Joshua Dobbs success, the true freshman has yet to find it through three games as the starting quarterback. He played his worst game yet against the Commodores with just 53 passing yards, a pair of interceptions and a couple of costly sacks. - David Cobb

Running backs: A-

The running backs carried the load offensively for the Vols. Marlin Lane and Rajion Neal constantly ran hard and Dobbs chipped in with 23 yards of his own, totaling 184 ground yards from the unit. Neal also crossed the 2,000-yard plateau for his UT career, making him the 14th player in UT history to accomplish the feat. - Gage Arnold

Wide receivers: C-

The exit of Marquez North in the first quarter hampered Tennessee's already anemic passing game. Though they got few chances to shine, UT's receivers did nothing to help Dobbs. Upon further review, Josh Smith probably could have caught Dobbs' Hail Mary pass on the final play. - DC

Offensive line: B-

After falling victim to constant Commodore pressure and watching the offense put up a woeful 5 yards passing in the first quarter, this group dug their heels in and opened holes for the running game. However, the group disappointed when it was needed most. When UT failed to convert on third-and-one from Vanderbilt's 45-yard line – a down and distance a talented SEC line should convert – it gave Vanderbilt new life with under five minutes in the fourth quarter. - GA

Defensive line: B+

Though they failed to contain Patton Robinette on the game-winning touchdown, UT's defensive line buckled down most of the game to prevent the senseless quarterback scrambles that hurt the Vols against Missouri and Auburn. - DC

Linebackers: A-

A.J. Johnson's game-high 13 tackles coupled with his two tackles for loss and fumble recovery tell the story of this unit. Dontavis Sapp even chipped in with two tackles for loss of his own. The group was exposed on Vanderbilt's final drive on two crossing routes, but held Vandy's run game to a mere 90 yards while making a handful of stops in the backfield. - GA

Defensive backs: C+

For probably the first time all season, true freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton was burned in a key situation. Jordan Matthews, the SEC's all-time leader in receptions, broke past Sutton and caught a pass dropped between Sutton and the safety for a key pickup on the game-winning drive. This unit did do its share in forcing four turnovers - DC

Special teams: C-

Instead of kicking a 39-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, Butch Jones rolled the dice on a Michael Palardy fake field goal. In short, it backfired completely and resulted in an interception. However, Palardy looked off all night as he had a field goal blocked, multiple shanked punts and his only make – from 32 yards out – banked in off the crossbar. - GA

Game 11 GPA: The Vols earned a 2.51 grade for their performance against Vanderbilt.

Season GPA: Through 11 games, UT has a football GPA of 2.57.