Jadeveon Clowney has certainly had an impact on the field in the first half against Tennessee, but the Vols hold the upper hand at halftime with a 17-7 lead on South Carolina.
It was a mess of a first quarter that saw Butch Jones settle in playing a game of field position and managing to guide the Vols to nothing more than a 3-0 lead while playing it safe. Clowney had a terrific start to the game, including one play where he nearly duplicated his trademark hit against Michigan in the bowl game last season, this time lining up Rajon Neal as his target. But the Vols offense has been taking a toll on the South Carolina defense it appears.
Tennessee’s defense has been playing very well so far. Connor Shaw has completed just four of 11 pass attempts, but one of those went 76 yards for a touchdown. The big question will be whether or not Tennessee can keep this going in the second half. A few weeks ago Tennessee was unable to hold off Georgia in an upset bid.
The first quarter was highlighted more for an ejection than any other particular play. South Carolina safety Kadetrix Marcus became the first of three players from the SEC to be ejected in the first half today across the conference. Marcus was ejected for his hit on Tennessee receiver Pig Howard and following the mandated video review the ejection was upheld. Marcus was filling in as a starter for Chaz Elder, so South Carolina’s secondary depth is a concern.