J.J. Peterson, LB
The most talked-about member of Tennessee’s 2018 recruiting class, J.J. Peterson didn’t join the Vols until after the season had already started because of academic concerns. He was supposed to enroll over the summer, but the talented linebacker didn’t make it in to UT until the Monday after Tennessee played their first game of the season against West Virginia.
Peterson didn’t appear in a game for the Vols until their match-up with Alabama, and he was limited to action on special teams in all his appearances this year. He also played in games against Charlotte, Kentucky, and Missouri. Peterson made a special teams tackle against Alabama and ended up returning a kick for seven yards against Kentucky.
The 6-foot-2, 231-pound linebacker was a consensus four-star prospect and a consensus top-100 overall prospect coming out of high school. He played for Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Georgia.