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Position Grades: 2019 Orange & White Game

Offensive Line

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Nathanael: D

Once again, the offensive line is going to be the biggest hindrance to this offense being successful. It wasn’t completely discouraging what we saw on Saturday, but the line got worked time and time again, and it’s not like UT has an elite group of pass rushers. Wanya Morris got beat multiple times, but he’ll get better. He should still be a senior in high school. But even the veterans were making mistakes and still didn’t look adequate. Brandon Kennedy was out, so that hurt the first team unit, and there wasn’t always enough scholarship players to play for the second team. Still, the defense combined for eight sacks and nine tackles for loss and likely could’ve had more in a real game.

Ben: D

New year, same story. The offensive line once again turned in a lackluster performance. As a result, the running game wasn’t able to get going, and it even caused Jarrett Guarantano to be in a funk early on. Now, the one saving grace is that the offensive line went through the game without two, maybe three starters. Brandon Kennedy didn’t play, and Darnell Wright isn’t on campus yet, but I expect both to be in the starting lineup once the first game rolls around. And who knows, maybe a miracle happens and Tennessee gets Trey Smith back.

For now, though, it was a disappointing spring game considering the defensive line they were going up against isn’t the strongest. The upcoming summer will be crucial.

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