Tennessee among worst third-down offenses

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors had an old-school suggestion for current coach Derek Dooley on how to minimize the Volunteers' problems converting third downs: Go to the quick kick.

Dooley says he just may be desperate enough to have his players work on it this week.

He may be kidding about punting before fourth down, but the Vols' struggles on third down are no joke. Through four games, they've converted only 11 of 58 third-down attempts for a paltry 19 percent success rate, ranking them 119th out of 120 FBS teams on third-down conversions.

The majority of those third downs have been long-yardage situations thanks to penalties, dropped balls or tailbacks tackled for losses.

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