Everyone knows I was high on Armond Smith coming into the season. This has nothing to do with that. I fully realize that Smith wouldn’t have made this roster if not for the Brandon Jackson turf toe injury. He fumbled the ball away in the pre-season and showed flashes of explosive play, but he would have been on the outside looking in. Smith was involved in one of the more controversial play-calls from yesterday’s disaster, but I want to defend the playcall just a little bit.
Ultimately it is a fool’s errand to defend a playcall that fails. I also will recognize what some of the critics, most notably Dustin Fox, were saying that Montario Hardesty should have been on the field instead of Armond Smith. That might be true, but let’s look at a couple things.
First, here’s the 3rd and 1 play that got blown up by the Tennessee defense.
Here’s the pre-snap look with Hillis on the right and Armond Smith on the left behind Colt McCoy. You can see just how many players Tennessee has che...