Vols Release Initial Depth Chart

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    Butch Jones has said that depth charts don’t mean a ton to him, but the Vols do release one every week, and the first one of the season is always one of the most intriguing.

    Here’s who the Vols, at least according to the chart, will be starting against Appalachian State on Thursday:

    OFFENSE:

    QB: 1. Joshua Dobbs 2. Quinten Dormady
    RB: 1. Jalen Hurd 2. Alvin Kamara
    WR: 1. Josh Smith 2. Tyler Byrd
    WR: 1. Preston Williams OR Jauan Jennings 2. Jeff George
    WR: 1. Josh Malone 2. Marquez Callaway
    TE: 1. Ethan Wolf 2. Jason Croom
    LT: 1. Drew Richmond 2. Marcus Tatum
    LG: 1. Jashon Robertson 2. Venzell Boulware
    C: 1. Coleman Thomas 2. Dylan Wiesman
    RG: 1. Dylan Wiesman 2. Jack Jones
    RT: 1. Brett Kendrick 2. Coleman Thomas 

    Thoughts: The offense is pretty straight-forward with the four veteran receivers being listed as a starter or co-starter and all the newcomers who have been relatively healthy (George, Callaway, Byrd) as the backups. The O-line is as expected with Kendrick claiming the right tackle spot with Chance Hall out for at least a few more weeks. Jack Jones would be the next guy in on the offensive line, in my opinion, and as you can see with guys like Coleman Thomas and Dylan Wiesman, they’d be able to slide guys around, depending who goes down. It looks like Marcus Tatum is the closest to seeing the field among the newcomers that include himself, Ryan Johnson and Nathan Niehaus.

    DEFENSE:

    LE: 1. Corey Vereen 2. LaTroy Lewis
    DT: 1. Kendal Vickers 2. Shy Tuttle
    DT: 1. Danny O’Brien 2. Kahlil McKenzie
    RE: 1. Derek Barnett 2. Jonathan Kongbo
    WLB: 1. Jalen Reeves-Maybin 2. Quart’e Sapp OR Cortez McDowell
    MLB: 1. Darrin Kirkland Jr. 2. Colton Jumper
    CB: 1. Cam Sutton 2. Baylen Buchanan OR Marquill Osborne
    CB: 1. Emmanuel Moseley 2. Justin Martin
    NB: 1. Malik Foreman OR Rashaan Gaulden
    SS: 1. Todd Kelly Jr. 2. Stephen Griffin OR Evan Berry
    FS: 1. Micah Abernathy 2. Nigel Warrior 

    Thoughts: Butch Jones usually goes with the older guys first on the depth charts, so it isn’t stunning to see Micah Abernathy ahead of Nigel Warrior or Danny O’Brien and Kendal Vickers ahead of Kahlil McKenzie and Shy Tuttle. Expect all those battles to be ongoing throughout the season, and in the case of the defensive line, think of that more as a four-man rotation for now that a couple other guys will try to break into. It’s telling that there are some really impressive guys such as Kyle Phillips, Darrell Taylor, Austin Smith and others that didn’t even make the depth chart. Those guys should still have a role this year.

    Moseley seemed to creep ahead of Martin in camp, so it’s not stunning to see him get the opening nod. I think it’s fair to say that Sutton and Kelly Jr. have spots pretty locked down coming into the season, and pretty much every other spot in the secondary will have competition.

    SPECIAL TEAMS:

    K: 1. Aaron Medley 2. Laszlo Toser
    P: 1. Trevor Daniel
    KO: 1. Aaron Medley 2. Laszlo Toser
    LS: 1. Riley Lovingood 2. Elijiah Medford
    H: 1. Parker Henry
    KR: 1. Evan Berry 2. Alvin Kamara
    PR: 1. Cam Sutton 2. Alvin Kamara 

    Thoughts: No reasons to mess with success across the board on special teams. There’s no backup punter, so Trevor Daniel needs to stay healthy, no question.