Sports Editor David Cobb and Assistant Sports Editor Troy Provost-Heron traveled to Gainesville, Fla., to cover Saturday's game. They assessed UT's performance and doled out grades accordingly.
Nathan Peterman's interception that slipped out of his hands without being touched illustrated just how bad of a day UT's quarterbacks had against Florida. Peterman and Justin Worley combined to complete 14-of-34 passes for 154 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. The responsibility for all six of UT's turnovers fell on the quarterbacks. If there was a lower grade than an F, they would have received it. - Troy Provost-Heron
Running Backs: C-
This group failed to provide consistent alleviation in the midst of Peterman's struggles. Both Raijon Neal and Marlin Lane averaged less than four yards per carry. The Gators' disrespect for UT's passing game allowed them to clog the running holes, and the Vols could not carve out yards in the run game. Peterman's inability to establish the read option falls partly on the running backs. - David Cobb
Wide Receivers: B-
Other than Josh Smith's two drops, this receiving corps played well given the subpar quarterback play. Alton "Pig" Howard reeled in four catches for 75 yards to mark a season-high for any Vol receiver. Marquez North got behind a UF corner and finally made a play downfield and Jason Croom added a 24-yard catch. - TPH
Offensive Line: B-
Tennessee needed more from its senior-laden offensive line. In general, the unit performed adequately, only allowing one sack. But for such a heralded group, simple adequacy is not enough. With uncertainty at quarterback and rampant youth at receiver, Tennessee's offensive line needs to play near-perfect every week. - DC
Defensive Line: C-
Running yards by Florida backs Matt Jones and Mack Brown up the gut were hard to come by, but the defensive ends failed to seal the edge and did a worse job containing Tyler Murphy in the pocket, allowing him to rush for 84 yards, almost exclusively on scrambles. A decent pass rush was able to salvage a failing grade for the group. - TPH
Playing once again without Curt Maggitt, the men in the middle of the UT defense stood strong early against Florida until quarterback Tyler Murphy channeled flashbacks to the Oregon game when Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota ran wild against the Vols. Missed sack opportunities and a 215-yard rushing performance by the Gators prevent this unit from earning a better grade. - DC
Subtract the 52-yard catch and run from Murphy to Solomon Patton and the secondary did a fantastic job until late in the second half when they were gassed from chasing Murphy around the field. A pick-six, a few good pass deflections and 167 yards allowed made this unit one of the standouts in Saturday's loss. - TPH
Special Teams: A-
Michael Palardy remained perfect on the season both on field goal and extra point attempts. The senior from Coral Springs, Fla., connected on a 44-yard attempt early in the third quarter to bring UT within 17-10. UT could have used more explosiveness from kick returner Vincent Dallas, who averaged less than 20 yards on his three returns. - DC
Week 4 GPA: The Vols earn a football GPA of 2.26 for their performance in a 31-17 loss at Florida.
Season GPA: Through four games, UT holds a cumulative football GPA of 2.70.