Tennessee’s Jalin Hyatt has a game-high five-catch day to upset Alabama

Jalin Hyatt
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Saturday’s SEC showdown between the Tennessee Volunteers and Alabama Crimson Tide could be the game of the year so far. Viewers got to see elite-level play from two of the NFL’s top quarterback draft picks, but even through it all, Volunteers tight end Jalin Hyatt may have stolen the show.

Hyatt had one of the best performances in college football for a wide receiver, hauling in six receptions for 207 yards. But the best part was Hyatt taking five of those six touchdown receptions.

What makes this feat even more impressive is that Hyatt did it against Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide defense. The unit entered the game ranked sixth in the nation, allowing just 12.5 points per game. Alabama has several players who will graduate to the NFL in the next few years, but on Saturday it was Hyatt who looked ready for the pros.

Hyatt’s five points set a new Tennessee record for most touchdowns in a single game. Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Rashaun Woods holds the all-time NCAA football record for single-game receiving yards on paydirt seven times at the 2003 game.

He becomes only 13. FBS receiver score five touchdowns in one game since 2000.

Here are all five results.

Hyatt’s performance was far from Alabama’s upset of Tennessee for the first time since 2006. Of course, it was quarterback Hendon Hooker who delivered the goods, but Hyatt continued to find open space in the Crimson Tide’s secondary. Hyatt now leads the nation in touchdown receptions, but was tied for 19th when he entered the game.

Hyatt’s day certainly boosted the stock of junior wide receivers for the 2023 NFL Draft. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess. But today, he gave thousands of Vols fans plenty to celebrate.

Related: Heisman Watch 2022: The latest Heisman odds

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