Simms In The Fast Lane: Vols A Quick Striking Offense?

J FitzContributor IIIOctober 1, 2010

Matt Simms may be poised to lead the Volunteers in the near future.
Matt Simms may be poised to lead the Volunteers in the near future.Grant Halverson/Getty Images

It’s no doubt that, for the past 5 years at least, UT fans have been used to a
slow, clock churning offense.

In fact, most of the Volunteer faithful have become accustom to 6, 7, or even 8 minute scoring drives.

But this past weekend I took the time to look up something that has gone largely unnoticed this season.

The Vols are scoring Fast!

In the first four games this season, Tennessee has enjoyed touchdown drives of 1:04, 1:48, 0:12, 1:26, and even 0:08.

To me these are very uplifting stats. It makes me think this team is always threatening to break a big play off. I also gives the offense a dangerous feel that it has missed in recent years.

Another interesting fact is that in two of the drives mentioned above, Justin Hunter, the Freshman WR, has made a catch. Hunter is no stranger to Tennessee fans as he made a name for himself in Fall camp and had a touchdown grab in the Florida game.

With Matt Simms starting to mature and look for the deep pass more and more, I believe Hunter will make a big impact before this season is over.

Although, we cannot over look the unique deep threat that is Denarius  Moore. The senior from Oklahoma has been catching long passes since 2007 and is hitting his stride this season.

With the return of senior Gerald Jones in sight, I think this offense will finally begin to gel. Vols fans will hope to get Cody Pope back soon as well, as he is key in helping Simms stay off his back.

Derek Dooley and his staff had better be hoping that this quick striking offense is not a coincident, because it will be pivotal in how the Vols perform this year.

It may also be pivotal in preventing his career from being as quick as the offense has been.