S1: Jaylen McCollough or Theo Jackson, Brandon Davis
S2: Trevon Flowers, Tyus Fields
With Nigel Warrior graduated, both of Tennessee’s safety spots are up for grabs. Theo Jackson and Jaylen McCollough essentially split time at the safety position opposite Warrior last season, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to eventually see those two as the starters if Pruitt believes their skill sets are diverse enough. If they aren’t, then expect to see those two battle it out for one spot.
Trevon Flowers is an interesting player to watch this spring. He heads into practices as the likely third option at safety, but as long as he’s recovered from his season-ending injury from last year, he should be a favorite to find a starting role. He’s shown flashes of play-making ability as a ball hawk, and if he can stay healthy, he’ll be one to watch.
Tyus Fields began to pick up more of the defense as the season went along, and he was a solid special teams contributor in the four games he appeared in before redshirting. If he takes another big step this spring, then Flowers and Jackson need to watch out. The safety duo could end up being McCollough and Fields.