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10 Bold Predictions for the Vols in 2016

4. Wide Receiver U is back

Photo Credit: Nick Davis/RTI
Photo Credit: Nick Davis/RTI

The past few seasons haven’t been the best for Tennessee’s wide receivers. Ever since Butch Jones took over the program in 2013, the Vols have placed a heavy emphasis on the run game. The up-tempo, spread offense is suited for talented receivers due to the wide use of bubble routes, screens, jet sweeps and slants. However, the passing attack just hasn’t lived up to the hype. That will all change this year.

The receiving corps has probably obtained the most attention this past offseason, and rightly so. The Vols return four of their top six receivers. In 2015, Josh Malone led all returning receivers with 405 yards and two touchdowns.

Opposite of him, Preston Williams looks to be the most talented receiver on the team. Josh Smith is a seasoned and effective veteran in the slot. Junior college transfer, Jeff George (6’6”, 190 lbs) was brought in as a red-zone threat. Freshmen Tyler Byrd, Marquez Callaway and Brandon Johnson have turned many heads during camp. This receiving corps looks to be the most talented in a decade. After this season, Tennessee fans can rightfully claim that Wide Receiver U is back for good.

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