Tennessee-Kentucky: Game balls

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Tennessee (5-4, 3-3 SEC) defeated Kentucky (6-3, 4-3 SEC), 45-42, Saturday in Week 10.

Following the Tennessee-Kentucky game, Vols Wire issues game balls for top performers on offense, defense and special teams.

Offense: Hendon Hooker

Nov 6, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

  • 15-of-20 passes, 316 yards, four touchdowns

  • 11 attempts, 41 rushing yards

NEXT: Game balls for Tennessee against Kentucky (defense)

Defense: Alontae Taylor

Tennessee Head Coach Josh Heupel celebrates a touchdown by Tennessee defensive back Alontae Taylor (2) during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Kentucky at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Syndication: The Knoxville News-Sentinel

  • Four tackles, two solo tackles, one interception, one touchdown

NEXT: Game balls for Tennessee against Kentucky (special teams)

Special teams: Chase McGrath

Tennessee placekicker Chase McGrath (40) kicks the ball as Tennessee punter/placekicker Paxton Brooks (37) holds the ball during an SEC football game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Syndication: The Knoxville News-Sentinel

  • 43-yard field goal, 6-for-6 extra points