Tennessee Football Releases 2021 Roster

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    Marquarius White Tennessee

    Tennessee football released its 2021 roster Wednesday including the numbers for the Vols’ newcomers.

    Michigan transfer quarterback Joe Milton will wear No. 7 and Mississippi State transfer receiver Javonte Payton will wear No. 3.

    On the defensive side, Texas transfer linebacker Juwan Morgan will wear No. 10, Auburn transfer defensive back Kamal Hadden will wear No. 13, Kansas defensive tackle transfer Da’Jon Terry will wear No. 95 and USC transfer defensive end Caleb Tremblay will wear No. 96.

    The Vols’ No. 22 ranked 2021 signing class also received their freshman numbers. 

    Defensive back Christian Charles is No. 14, safety De’Shawn Rucker is No. 28, linebacker Aaron Willis is No. 41, defensive back Kaemen Marly is No. 42 and defensive lineman Amari McNeil is No. 93.

    Offensive freshmen include No. 19 Walker Merrill, No. 23 Jaylen Wright, No. 64 William Parker, No. 84 Trinity Bell, No. 85 Julian Nixon and No. 86 Miles Campbell.

    Tennessee’s newcomers aren’t the only ones changing numbers this offseason either.

    Sophomore running back Jabari Small changed from No. 20 to No. 2. Sophomore receiver Jimmy Holliday changed from No. 10 to No. 6, junior offensive tackle Darnell Wright changed from No. 72 to No. 58.

    Sophomore safety Doneiko Slaughter changed from No. 18 to No. 3. Defensive lineman LaTrell Bumphus changed from No. 88 to No. 11. Sophomore defensive back Tamarion McDonald changed from No. 21 to No. 12. Sophomore defensive tackle Omari Thomas changed from No. 58 to No. 21. Sophomore outside linebacker Morven Joseph changed No. 19 to No. 45.

    Other roster notes include starting positions for freshmen athletes who projected at multiple spots. Kaemen Marley will start at receiver and Trinity Bell will start at tight end.

    Tennessee will begin the Josh Heupel era on Thursday, Sept. 2 against Bowling Green.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.