6. Jauan Jennings, WR
Though his Tennessee career isn’t quite over yet, it’s clear that Jauan Jennings is one of the 10 best Vols to don the orange and white this past decade.
Jennings came to UT as a four-star, dual-threat quarterback out of Blackman High School in Murfreesboro but will leave it as one of the most accomplished wide receivers in school history. And his major career accomplishments almost didn’t happen.
Rewind to the 2017 season and Jennings’ dismissal after a profanity-laced tirade he posted to Instagram about UT’s coaches and administration. If not for Jennings own humility and the willingness of Jeremy Pruitt and Phillip Fulmer to work with him to come back to the team, “The Dawg” would’ve never gotten to finish his Tennessee career on a high note.
Jennings’ 2019 season has been the cherry on top of what will be remembered as a phenomenal Tennessee career. He leads the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns and has even played wildcat quarterback at times.
But Jennings’ accomplishments go beyond the stat book. Fans will always remember his Hail Mary touchdown grab, his touchdown against Florida where he burned Jalen “Teez” Tabor, his ability to drag defenders with him and refuse to go down on first contact, and his leadership on the field. Jennings is responsible for arguably the two most memorable plays of the last decade of Tennessee sports. That alone sets him apart from many others, but his career accomplishments only add to that.
With one game (technically just one half) remaining in his Tennessee career, Jennings ranks fifth in school history in career receptions (144), sixth in career receiving yards (2,126), and tied for fifth in career receiving touchdowns (18).