Tennessee Safety Returning For Super Senior Season

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    Tennessee safety Trevon Flowers is returning for his super senior season, the two year starter announced on Twitter Tuesday.

    “The 2021 season has been one to remember,” Flowers wrote. “My brothers and I have changed the culture tremendously. … I feel I have much more to show in the orange-and-white. Therefore, I’ve decided to return for the 2022 season.”

    Flowers played in 12 games this season, tallying 82 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups.

    The senior started in every game for Tennessee along with junior Jaylen McCollough in the back end of the Vols’ defense.

    However, the middle of Tennessee’s defense struggled this season, particularly in the Music City Bowl. Flowers recorded three tackles and an interception in the win.

    Flowers earned a 63.0 grade according to Pro Football Focus this season and McCollough earned a 53.5. Safety is a position Tennessee could target in the transfer portal.

    With Flowers coming back, Tennessee returns seven of its 11 starters this season. The Vols lose Matthew Butler, Ja’Quain Blakely, Alontae Taylor and Theo Jackson. Butler, Taylor and Jackson graded out as Tennessee’s three best defenders this year.

    With Hendon Hooker, Jerome Carvin, Princeton Fant and Cedric Tillman returning for final seasons in Knoxville, the Vols return eight of their offensive starters from this season. Tennessee only loses top offensive lineman Cade Mays and receivers Velus Jones Jr. and JaVonta Payton.

    The Vols returning the core of the 2021 team is a strong first step into Josh Heupel’s second season as head coach.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.