Projecting Tennessee Football’s Depth Chart At Start Of Fall Camp

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    Tennessee hosts its team media day Sunday afternoon before beginning fall practice Monday morning. Needless to say, football is coming.

    The Vols roster is set and besides USC transfer Bru McCoy we know the eligibility status of ever player.

    Let’s take a look at what Tennessee’s depth chart could be when it opens its season on Sept. 1 against Ball State.

    Bold = Returning Starter, Italics = Newcomers

    Offense

    Quarterback

    1. S Sr. Hendon Hooker
    2. R Sr. Joe Milton III
    3. Fr. Tayven Jackson

    Running Back

    1. Jr. Jabari Small
    2. So. Jaylen Wright
    3. Fr. Justin Williams-Thomas

    Receiver

    1. Rs Sr.Cedric Tillman
    2. Jr. Jimmy Holliday

    Receiver

    1. Sr. Ramel Keyton
    2. Rs Jr. Bru McCoy

    Receiver

    1. Jr. Jalin Hyatt
    2. Jr. Jimmy Calloway
    3. Fr. Squirrel White

    Tight End

           1A. Rs Sr. Jacob Warren

           1B. S Sr. Princeton Fant

    3. So. Miles Campbell

    Left Tackle

    1. Sr. Jeremiah Crawford
    2. Rs Fr. Gerald Mincey

    Left Guard

    1. S Sr. Jerome Carvin
    2. Rs Sr. Ollie Lane

    Center

    1. Jr. Cooper Mays
    2. S Sr. Jerome Carvin

    Right guard

    1. Jr. Javontez Spraggins
    2. Rs Sr. Kingston Harris

    Right Tackle

    1. Sr. Darnell Wright
    2. Rs Jr. Dayne Davis

    Bru McCoy could easily end up starting over Ramel Keyton by the season opener but his lack of eligibility combined with his inexperience in Tennessee’s system keeps him behind the veteran receiver on our list.

    The battle for the left tackle spot is the most fascinating on the offensive side of the ball.

    Can Jaylen Wright become a 1B. option to Jabari Small in his sophomore season? Does Justin Williams-Thomas earn snaps over Len’Neth Whitehead? These are interesting questions heading into fall practice.

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    Defense

    Defensive End

    1. Jr. Tyler Baron
    2. Rs. So Dominic Bailey
    3. Rs. So Bryson Eason

    Defensive Tackle

    1. Rs Jr. Elijah Simmons
    2. Rs Jr. Da’Jon Terry

    Defensive Tackle

    1. Jr. Omari Thomas
    2. Rs Sr. La’Trell Bumphus

    Defensive End

    1. Sr. Byron Young
    2. Sr. Roman Harrison

    3A.  Fr. Joshua Josephs

    3B. Fr. James Pearce

    Will Linebacker

    1. Rs Sr. Jeremy Banks
    2. Rs Sr. Solon Page III

    Mike Linebacker 

    1. Sr. Aaron Beasley
    2. Rs Sr. Juwan Mitchell

    Cornerback

    1. Sr. Warren Burrell
    2. Rs Fr. Andre Turrentine

    Cornerback

    1. Rs Jr. Kamal Hadden
    2. So. Deshawn Rucker

    Star

    1. Rs Sr. Brandon Turnage
    2. Jr. Doneiko Slaughter

    Safety

    1. S Sr. Trevon Flowers
    2. So. Christian Charles

    Safety

    1. Sr. Jaylen McCollough
    2. Jr. Tamarion McDonald

    Freshman edge rushers Joshua Josephs and James Pearce will have a chance to factor behind Tyler Baron and Byron Young if they can find a propensity for rushing the passer. How interior defensive lineman Tyre West factors will also be interesting.

    Question marks highlight the back end of Tennessee’s defense. Behind Trevon Flowers and Jaylen McCollough, every starting spot in Tennessee’s secondary is up for grabs.

    Special Teams

    Kicker:

    1. S Sr. Chase McGrath
    2. R Sr. Toby Wilson

    Kick-Off Specialist:

    1. R Sr. Toby Wilson
    2. S Sr. Paxton Brooks

    Punter:

    1. S Sr. Paxton Brooks
    2. So. Kolby Morgan

    Long Snapper:

    1. R-Jr. Matthew Salansky
    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.