Tennessee’s third set of spring practices under head coach Jeremy Pruitt begin on Tuesday of this week. This year should see more depth, more tenacity, and more competition than the previous two springs.
The Vols welcome in four early enrollees from their 2020 signing class and two scholarship transfers in Cade Mays and Velus Jones Jr. on offense. Tennessee will bring in nearly 20 more players to their roster in the summer and fall, but for now, the Vols return a number of contributors from last season and add a healthy dose of new blood to infuse some more competition at a number of positions.
But the depth still isn’t fixed across the board. Tennessee enters spring practices woefully thin at linbacker and fairly thin at running back as well. Both of those groups will have more bodies added after spring wraps up, but depth could be an issue at those spots in practices and in the Orange & White Game this spring. Tennessee is already down two projected starters this spring in Wanya Morris and Quavaris Crouch, though both are expected to be back for summer workouts and fall camp.
With that in mind, who enters spring practices as the projected starters for the Vols, and who has some work to do to try and grab a starting role or crack into the two-deep?
Here are our best estimations of how the Vols’ depth chart looks before the start of spring practices. We go beyond the two-deep where we can, but we at least give a look at the Vols’ two-deep depth chart and how it likely stands before practices begin.