But due to various circumstances, nine scholarship players got an extra year of eligibility in 2014, whether that be because of injury, being buried on the depth chart or other reasons. Here’s a look back at those nine with an emphasis on why they took the redshirt year and their outlook for the future
1. OL Charles Mosley
Why: Mosley fractured his leg in a car accident over the summer and while he thankfully avoided further injury, he wasn’t able to play his freshman season.
Future Outlook: Mosley has a chance to be back as soon as spring practice. It looks like the massive 6-foot-5, 370-pounder will work at offensive tackle, a position of need for the Vols, but Butch Jones has also said he could play defensive tackle as well. Size is the question with Mosley. Not if he has enough, but whether he can drop some weight and stay in a range that will allow him to be athletic enough and in good enough shape to keep up. He’s too raw and unproven at this point to project him as a factor to play in 2015, but you can’t have too many big, athletic guys around the program, and expect the coaches to find a way to utilize his size at some point.