S1: Nigel Warrior, Theo Jackson, Jaylen McCollough
S2: Trevon Flowers, Shawn Shamburger, Deangelo Gibbs
The two projected starters at safety heading into the spring didn’t change very much after spring practices ended. What did change, though, was the depth chart behind them.
Nigel Warrior and Trevon Flowers both will likely be UT’s starters at safety in the fall, but the depth behind them could really change between now and the start of the season. Theo Jackson and Shawn Shamburger put together solid springs, and both had some good plays in the Orange & White Game. One of the biggest standouts from the spring game was true freshman Jaylen McCollough. He’s likely still behind either Jackson or Shamburger right now, but that could absolutely change. Brandon Davis showed a good amount of improvement over the spring as well and had a strong heads up play in the Orange & White Game to force a fumble.
Right now, it’s hard to place Deangelo Gibbs on the depth chart because it remains to be seen if he’ll play on defense or offense. If he stays on defense and is eligible for the fall, then he could definitely challenge for a starting spot. But it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to play for the Vols this season as he continues to wait and hear back about his waiver status.
Old born and bred Volunteer from the 60’s. Some of you guys are so blind. You talk about JG being in command and being consistent. When in his entire career has he been consistent in 21 starts ??? Two anomalies jump out, Kentucky and Auburn and 5 wins against nobodies from no where, 13 losses. But that is past, so the O & W game last Sat. JG looked bad for the first half and got it together in the second. But if you slow the tape, and depend on a whistle, he was sacked for a loss twice when he ran for yardage. He threw some great touch passes and he threw some horrible ones. Yes, he does not turn the ball over and is tough, wow. And that is the main deal. We can stay reserved and conservatively vanilla or give someone new a shot. JG is no manager, cannot adjust, cannot read. But he has had 4 OC’s and that is not his fault. The point I am trying to make to you guys is tell the entire picture. Not some lopsided one. And the two things you accused Shrout and Maurer of, inconsistency and awful throws. That is JG’s description to a T. I want JG in the Vol Hall of Fame one day. but he is so far over his head. We need a manager who can SPREAD the ball to the talent available, JENNINGS, Callaway, Woods-Anderson, etc…..