Evan Engram’s highlight video catch against Tennessee was a product of awareness, he says.
“The coaches made a good play call, and we went and made the play.”
The end result was Engram, the sophomore tight end diving near the end zone’s right side pylon for an impressive touchdown reception that gave the Rebels a 24-3 lead with 1:50 left in the third quarter.
Engram said the Vols were in an unusual defensive alignment at the time.
“They mostly played a lot of one high, but they would put a safety or a rover on top of the slot guys, and the corner man up out wide. Then the one high, you could kind of see where he was going,” Engram said. However, the touchdown play was different. “On the touchdown, they had a D end with his hand down trying to release out and cover that corner which I had never seen before. I guess it didn’t work. It was a different look, but we capitalized on it. The coaches made a good play call, and we went and made the play.”
It was the first touchdown catch of the year for Engram, the sophomore tight end, who has 19 grabs for 254 yards.
He talks about that and much more here:
Being healthy and feeling more confident because of that has been a big lift for Engram.
“I’m a lot more confident. I have a lot more strength. I’m flying around more; I’m more mature in decisions on what kind of block I’ve got to make or technique wise dropping my feet and getting lower on big D ends and bringing more pop on bigger linebackers. It’s definitely raising my confidence level. It helps me with my awareness too from actually getting hurt last year not doing certain things that I could put myself at risk of getting hurt again.”