Vols coach Davis likes OU offense

Tennessee Coach Butch Davis is impressed with Oklahoma, a team he hosts at 5 p.m. Saturday night in a key Big 12 vs. SEC matchup.

“We have a football team coming in here that’s skilled,” Davis said. “A very big, physical, imposing offensive line. Three running backs that I would argue would be as good as any three running backs in the country. Not a tandem, but they have three. They complement each other just like Jalen (Hurd) and Alvin (Kamara) do.”

Davis said his defense needs to improve after giving up 30 points to Bowling Green in a 59-30 season opener.

“We need to get better in a hurry, but I think, with a naked eye, everyone wants to point towards the secondary,” Davis said. “That’s not how pass defense works. It’s all 11 individuals, and it starts up front. It starts up front with generating a pass rush.”

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield set a school passing record for an opening game in the Sooners’ win over Akron Saturday.

“Well Baker, first of all, has a quick release,” Davis said. “He can spit the ball out there exceptionally fast. He can deal it out there, quick release and he sprints to the football to get the offense lined up. I can tell that he plays with a lot of passion, a lot of energy. Strong arm. And he’s comfortable. I think he’s running an offense that fits his skillset and he has a lot of weapons around him with a very big, imposing offensive line. “In terms of their offense with (offensive coordinator) Lincoln Riley, they have good balance in terms of formations. They can run the football, they do the gamut of screens, pushing the ball down the field. And they couple that with an up-tempo package, which is very, very hard to prepare for.”