Oh no, you didn't!? Yes...I'm afraid you did.
On the fourth play of the first quarter, Pead went 65 yards for the TD. Now, I understand those guys can be pretty fast...wait, isn't Prentiss Waggner fast too? Well, at least I thought he was. Waggner got caught sleeping.
What's worse, Waggner is supposed to be leading the secondary, not CB Marsalis Teague. Brent Brewer is supposed to be spying the RB after the handoff, not CB Art Evans. Justin Coleman is supposed to be covering the passing lanes when the LBs get drawn by the run, but that wasn't happening, period.
Where for all that is good and green in the world is Tennessee's secondary? Giving up 235 yards passing last week, 230 yards this week—and don't even say that is improvement. The only thing you can say is consistency. Yes, we all know they are still young, but enough is enough. That same performance against a faster offense will spell nothing but D-O-O-M.
DB coach Terry Joseph has to sit down with DC Justin Wilcox and come up with a better plan. Somebody on the defense has to make a stand because right now the DBs are sucking wind out loud and you can be rest assured that Charlie Weis smells this like a double-double cheeseburger with bacon. Gators QB John Brantley can hit seven different receivers for 10 yards or better; all Florida needs is a couple of sleepy DBs. Another Coleman faked out by a juke or Waggner getting tied up by a TE, and the game can be over.
They need to tweak whatever it is they can't adjust, and do it now. For being consistent and shutting down deep threats, they get a C-.