Shaq Wiggins Says Last Year with Vols Was “So Terrible”

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    (Photo via Caitie McMekin/Knoxville News Sentinel)

    Tennessee just had four players perform during the 2018 NFL Combine. But at least one other Vols thinks he could’ve been invited to the combine if not for a less than desirable senior season.

    Shaq Wiggins transferred in to Tennessee from Louisville prior to the 2017 season. Vol fans were excited at the potential Wiggins brought with him based off his time at Louisville. Wiggins was an honorable mention All-ACC player in 2015 with the Cardinals and intercepted two passes while breaking up 11 more that season. He struggled with injuries in 2016, and that led to his decision to become a graduate transfer after that year.

    Wiggins came to Tennessee with plenty of hope and promise, but his production last year failed to live up to any of it. Vol fans thought he would be at worst the No. 3 corner in the rotation but would likely start for the Vols in 2017, but Wiggins failed to make much of an impact at all, totaling just 10 tackles and half a tackle for loss in four games. He didn’t break up a single pass and was rarely on the field on defense.

    And according to Wiggins, his last season at Tennessee was “so terrible for many reasons.”

    Wiggins rarely saw the field last year, and former head coach Butch Jones often cited injury or wouldn’t comment on Wiggins’ lack of usage. Tennessee had a very thin rotation at cornerback last season, yet Wiggins was often overlooked on the depth chart.

    Wiggins will perform along with several other Vols during Tennessee’s Pro Day on March 19th. We will be there to bring you coverage of all of Tennessee’s players during the event.



    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.