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Pre-Spring 2018 Depth Chart Projections


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S: 1. Micah Abernathy 2. Theo Jackson
S: 1. Nigel Warrior 2. Todd Kelly Jr.
CB: 1. Shawn Shamburger 2. Cheyenne Labruzza
CB: 1. Baylen Buchanan 2. Terrell Bailey
NB: 1. Marquill Osborne 2. Baylen Buchanan 

Thoughts: Tennessee’s defense as a whole will look very different than it did last season. But the one unit that will likely look extremely similar to last season is safety. Micah Abernathy and Nigel Warrior return as the likely starters heading into spring practices, and Todd Kelly Jr. is back for a fifth season and should compete for a potential starting role.

Cornerback is a different story, however. Shawn Shamburger saw a decent amount of action as a freshman last season, and Baylen Buchanan played a little but was limited due to injuries. Marquill Osborne hasn’t contributed nearly as much as expected thus far, and he may be relegated to more of a nickel role whenever the Vols are out of their 3-4 scheme. Regardless, the corner position will be full of competition this spring.

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