Sports Editor David Cobb and Copy Editor Dargan Southard covered UT's game against South Alabama on Saturday. They assessed grades for each position based on the group's performance.

Quarterback: C

Until a late first half interception derailed an offense that was just short of going ahead 31-7, UT quarterback Justin Worley appeared to be in a rhythm. The junior signal caller operated three touchdown drives in the heart of the first half. The second half was not as kind to Worley as he completed just 5 of 14 passes for 54 yards and another interception. - David Cobb

Running Backs: A

Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane have become quite a backfield tandem in 2013 as the duo combined for 235 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday. Head coach Butch Jones called Neal’s career high rushing performance of 169 yards “his best game," and Worley said both running backs “ran the ball exceptionally well.” The only downside of the day was Lane's absenteeism in the second half due to a “lower extremity injury.” - Dargan Southard

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: C+

While there were some bright spots with true freshmen Josh Smith and tight end A.J. Branisel reeling in their first career touchdown receptions, problems are still plentiful with this extremely young receiving corp. Pig Howard’s miscommunication with Worley lead to a red zone interception, and freshman Marquez North is still lacking the necessary chemistry with his quarterback. - DS

Offensive Line: A-

The holes were aplenty for the UT running game thanks to UT’s big men up front. The offensive line protected Worley enough for him to be productive in the passing game, although pressure did seem to bother him on a few occasions. Uncharacteristically, left guard Alex Bullard was whistled for a pair of false start penalties. - DC

Defensive Line: B

UT’s pass rush proved to be the difference in the game late when South Alabama drove within six yards of tying the Vols. First, Corey Miller sacked USA quarterback Ross Metheny for an 8-yard loss. Then, on fourth down with the game on the line, freshman Corey Vereen hit Metheny as he released a pass to cause an interception to let UT escape with the win. - DC

Secondary: B

Freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton continues to impress despite his lack of experience as the Jonesboro, Ga., native racked up three pass breakups; two coming in the end zone. In addition, the secondary held Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selection Wes Saxton to a mere 40 yards on just three catches. LaDarrell McNeil and Brian Randolph each picked up crucial interceptions as well. -DS

Linebackers: C+

Tennessee’s linebackers continue to be susceptible to improvising quarterbacks. Metheny led the Jaguars in rushing mainly due to his creativity in reviving dead plays. Junior linebacker A.J. Johnson had eight tackles, one for a loss and a pass break up. - DC

Special Teams: B-

Although Michael Palardy has received much criticism throughout his Tennessee career, the senior kicker has been one of the Volunteers’ most consistent players in 2013. Palardy continued that trend on Saturday, banging home a 40-yard field goal and downing two punts inside the 20. Had it not been for a missed field goal that was more the fault of holder Tyler Drummer, the special teams would be contributing a 4.0 to the team GPA. - DS

Week 5 GPA: UT receives a 2.87 GPA for its performance against South Alabama

Cumulative GPA: Through five games, the Vols hold a Football GPA of 2.73