Tennessee OL Brett Kendrick on loss to Georgia: ‘It’s the offensive line’s fault’

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee coaching staff and players will spend the bye week searching for answers to the problems on offense.

No. 7 Georgia shut out the Vols 41-0 Saturday, and the offense never looked comfortable.

Offensive lineman Brett Kendrick said the blame should fall squarely on the offensive line’s shoulders.

“We had too much pressure on Quinten [Dormady] and [Jarrett Guarantano] all night,” Kendrick said. “That falls back on us. Anytime the offense isn’t moving the ball we are the people to blame up front. So, I’ll take this one on me and the rest of the group, it’s the offensive line’s fault.”

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The offensive line has shuffled through multiple lineups this season because of injuries and suspensions. Tennessee played a new combination against Georgia which featured Drew Richmond and Marcus Tatum at left and right tackle, Kendrick and Trey Smith at left and right guard and Jashon Robertson at center.

Tennessee’s offensive line only gave up 3 sacks on its quarterbacks, but the pressure was felt most of the game. Dormady threw 2 interceptions in the game, which will hurt any offense’s ability to find consistency.

“We’ve got to give Quinten or Jarrett more time, so he can set his feet, make the throw and not throw it off his back foot,” Kendrick said. “I think there is a lot of stuff that went into that.”

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Kendrick brought up the turnovers multiple times during the postgame interviews. It was clearly a factor in the game that bothered him.

“We aren’t going to score every time we get the ball, obviously,” Kendrick said. “The turnovers are the things that stand out to me the most.”

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Tennessee heads into the bye week possibly at the right time. The offense needs to find a way to move the ball and score points.

A better offensive attack likely will center around better play on the offensive line.

“Our mentality hasn’t changed, just have to get back and keep working,” Kendrick said. “We have a lot of places we can improve. So, this next week is going to be huge for us. This is only Game 5 and we have eight left.”

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