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Vols Most Likely to Redshirt in 2019

Jaylen McCollough, DB

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In the spring, Jaylen McCollough caught everyone’s attention when he intercepted two passes in Tennessee’s Orange & White Game. He had flashed some play-making ability in the spring, and that culminated in a strong performance in the spring game.

This fall, though, McCollough hasn’t been able to capitalize on that solid performance like many had hoped.

To be clear, McCollough hasn’t been a disappointment or anything; there are simply more experienced, more consistent, more polished players ahead of him at safety. He’s behind the same players Tyus Fields is battling with in the secondary, and one or both of them could be destined for a redshirt season this year.

Just like with Fields, McCollough could see his redshirt burned because of his usefulness on special teams. But if the coaches don’t use him extensively there, then expect to see him in four games and nothing more.

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