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Vols’ 2019 Post-Spring Depth Chart Projections

Defensive Line

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DL1: Emmit Gooden, John Mincey
DL2: Aubrey Solomon, Kingston Harris
DL3: Matthew Butler, LaTrell Bumphus

Matthew Butler had arguably the best spring of any of Tennessee’s defensive linemen, and he’s worked his way into the conversation for a starting spot even when the Vols are in their base 3-4 defense. Emmit Gooden and Aubrey Solomon also look set to be starters in the fall.

The big question about Tennessee’s defensive line is their depth. John Mincey showed flashes as a true freshman last year, but he’s the only player behind the starting three with any real significant playing time in college. Kingston Harris has potential, and Greg Emerson and LaTrell Bumphus have both flashed this spring. But the lack of experience is glaring along the line.

Two big additions will join the Vols this summer in this unit. Junior college linemen Savion Williams and Darel Middleton will enter the competition for playing time this summer and fall, and Williams in particular looks poised to fight for a starting job. Elijah Simmons will also join the team over the summer.

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  1. 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…..

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