Justin Worley looked the part of a starting quarterback, with his efficiency (11-of-13, 104 yards and 3 TDs) and command running the zone read standing out most. Under-throwing freshman wideout Marquez North on a deep bomb and over-throwing Jacob Carter in the end zone were his only blemishes on an otherwise flawless stat-line.
Redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman threw eight passes in the second half, but failed to get the Vols into the end zone and played his part in the offense's late struggles. - Steven Cook
Running Backs: A-
UT's veteran backfield paid appropriate homage to Chuck Webb – Saturday's "VFL Legend of the Game" – with an explosive first half. Webb, a star UT running back in 1989, was in attendance and honored during the game with video highlights of his career shown on the video board.
Raijon Neal and Marlin Lane ran physically and vertically for a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Reserves Tom Smith and Alden Hill weren't awe-inspiring, but oft-forgotten Deanthonie Summerhill logged 67 yards on nine carries. - David Cobb
Wide Receivers: A-
North's UT debut is only a sign of things to come for the Vols. The 6-4, 215-pound freshman only caught three balls for 33 yards, but it's apparent he will be a dependable go-to guy when his chemistry with Worley improves.
It's still unclear who else will emerge with 10 receivers picking up a reception, but it's obvious the speed of Devrin Young and Alton "Pig" Howard — who both scored Saturday — will be utilized in this spread system. - SC
Offensive Line: B+
The starting unit proved why it is so heralded by bullying the Austin Peay defensive front on six straight UT scoring drives to start the game.
Conditioning and health will be imperative for this unit in 2013 as the reserves showed they haven't learned all the tricks from their experienced cohorts just yet. During the second half backup quarterback Nathan Peterman was pressured several times and sacked once. - DC
Defensive Line: B+
To nobody's surprise, the front four had its way. Daniel McCullers was unblockable and Maurice Couch and Marlon Walls both picked up a sack.
The second team wasn't nearly as successful, giving up a long drive largely aided by holes in run defense. Senior Daniel Hood showcased his soft hands by deflecting and intercepting a pass in the first quarter that led to a Marlin Lane touchdown. - SC
No one in this group racked up particularly huge numbers as reps circulated well beyond the first-team to include players like John Propst, Kenny Bynum and Christian Harris.
The linebackers don't score better than a B+ because of Austin Peay's opening drive of the second quarter when the Governors utilized the intermediate range passing game to position themselves in field goal range. That was an area of susceptibility for UT in 2012.
Curt Maggitt sat out as he continues to rehab his knee. Head coach Butch Jones said Maggitt is "close" to a return. - DC
Tennessee's first-team secondary was impenetrable, but we saw glimpses of just how dangerous playing multiple freshmen at cornerback could be.
Standout true freshman Malik Foreman became the first Vol to snag an interception in his debut since Dwayne Goodrich in 1996 but was picked on all game and was beaten on a pair of 30-yard gains — the Governors' two biggest plays of the evening. - SC
Special teams: A
Michael Palardy went a perfect 7-for-7 on the night, including six extra points and a 37-yard field goal.
His first kickoff traveled deep into the checkerboards, and he would have recorded more than one touchback on the night if Austin Peay was less ambitious on its kick returns.
Devrin Young busted a 58-yard kick return to begin the third quarter for UT. - DC
GPA: The Vols keep their Hope Scholarship this week with a cumulative GPA of 3.38.