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Vols Who Could Benefit from New Redshirt Rule in 2018

J.T. Shrout, QB

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Last year, Will McBride should’ve been able to redshirt during his freshman season. But injuries forced him to play in a couple games and make a spot start against Missouri in 2017. Tennessee’s coaches hope that this year won’t see as many injuries befall their quarterbacks as last year, and that should allow incoming freshman J.T. Shrout to take a valuable redshirt year.

Though he was rated as just a low three-star coming out of high school, there’s a lot of optimism that Shrout could become a legit SEC quarterback for the Vols down the line. He drew rave reviews at camps during the summer of 2017, and he looked impressive despite always being pressured in high school.

In an ideal world, Shrout will never have to start for the Vols in 2018 and will only see the field in some mop up duty so Tyson Helton can see what the young quarterback has in game situations. With Keller Chryst and Jarrett Guarantano ahead of him and possibly Will McBride as well, Shrout should be able to just sit and learn and maybe appear in a game or two.

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