Sunday Sports Talk: Vols survive Appalachian State

Jayson Swain and Wes Rucker join WBIR's Patrick Murray to break down Tennessee's 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State.

Tennessee narrowly escaped its season opener against Appalachian State with a 20-13 overtime win.

Bottom line: The Vols won the game and it's only week one but they've got some improvements to make.

Wes Rucker from and former Tennessee receiver Jayson Swain break down the game in the video above.

Among the topics discussed:

-How good is Appalachian State? The Mountaineers went 11-2 last season and were ranked 43rd out of 128 FBS teams by USA TODAY. App. State was ahead of other Tennessee opponents Virginia Tech and Texas A&M in those preseason rankings.

-Vols run game struggles- Tennessee rushed for 127 yards on 43 carries, its lowest output on the ground since the Missouri game in 2014.

-Alvin Kamara's lack of touches- Tennessee handed the ball to the dynamic No. 6 only six times. He also had three receptions for a total of nine touches.

-Tennessee's passing game- It was a hot topic all offseason, will the Vols passing game be improved? They connected on one deep ball but that was really the only shot they took.

-Receiver rotation- The Vols used only five receivers in the game (hat tip to govols247's Ryan Callahan for that note). That's a much shorter rotation than Butch Jones has used the last couple years.


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