We took our best shot at projecting the 2015 depth chart a couple months ago as the Vols were getting set for spring practice.
Now we have a better feel for the depth chart after watching 15 spring practice sessions.
This remains extremely inexact science. A lot can change between May and the start of fall camp in August. Injuries, potential transfers, discipline issues, academics and more can all change the outlook of how the two-deep will look heading into next season.
But with spring practice in the books and just a few short months remaining until fall camp begins, we thought it would be a good chance to get the conversation started, and then we’ll re-visit it before the season starts this year. All of these are educated guesses for what the opening-week depth chart might look like when the Vols face Bowling Green on Sept. 5 in Nashville. And a reminder that this is what we think the coaches will go with – not necessarily what we would do.
We’re going with a simple two-deep at most spots, but may bracket or expand if needed. And because Tennessee essentially has two base defenses – the nickel look (4-2-5) and the 4-3 – we have 12 starting spots on defense. The offensive side is projected for a 3-wide receiver, 1 RB, 1 TE set – the formation we saw from UT the most in 2014.