The Tennessee offense Clemson will face Friday night in the Orange Bowl operates at a pace that’s among the fastest in the country, if not the fastest. But the Vols are more than just fast on offense, they are effective. They lead the nation in total offense, scoring offense, passing efficiency, rushing touchdowns and points scored.
Now, the Vols will be missing some key pieces from the regular season when they line up against the Tigers. Starting quarterback Hendon Hooker was lost for the season in the South Carolina game with a knee injury, and top receivers Jalin Hyatt and Cedric Tillman opted out.
Veteran Joe Milton will step in at quarterback. The Florida native and Michigan transfer is known for his big arm. This will be his fifth start for the Vols. This season he has passed for 720 yards and 7 touchdowns without an interception.
Also on the minds of some of the Clemson defense players was their future plans. None said they had made a final decision. Defensive tackle Tyler Davis said he got a favorable grade from the NFL and was leaning towards leaving. Defensive end KJ Henry said he was leaning towards returning. And defensive tackle Bryan Bresee said he had not given any thought to his future plans.