Justin Hunter went down with a season ending knee injury against Florida. Then, star quarterback Tyler Bray breaks his thumb on his throwing hand against Georgia and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Things in Knoxville couldn't be going any worse right now for the struggling Vols.
The running game has been atrocious all season long and losing two integral parts of the passing game surely will not help get the rushing attack going. The play calling has been criticized along with clock management at times. You put all these things together and it spells disaster for the Vols as SEC play is heating up.
Currently the Vols are 3-2 Overall and 0-2 in the SEC. After playing No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama and No. 15 South Carolina, the Vols will likely be 3-5 Overall and 0-5 in the SEC. They should win against MTSU, giving them an overall record of 4-5 heading into No. 10 Arkansas. We can assume the Vols will lose and will have an overall record of 4-6 and 0-6 in SEC play. The Vols then finish the season with games against Kentucky and Vanderbilt, but even those aren't going to be easy for Tennessee. It's going to be a struggle to finish 6-6.