Eight Vols Land On Preseason Coaches All-SEC Teams

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    Eight Tennessee players landed on the three Preseason Coaches All-SEC Teams Tuesday. Two Vols landed on the first and second teams while four Tennessee upperclassmen landed on the third team.

    Receiver Cedric Tillman and edge rusher Byron Young landed on the coaches first team after strong 2021 seasons.

    Tillman greatly eclipsed all career stats in his redshirt junior season becoming the first Tennessee receiver to total over 1,000 yards since Justin Hunter in 2012. The Las Vegas native landed on the Preseason Media All-SEC Second Team.

    Young totaled 46 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 11 games after transferring from junior college to Tennessee a season ago before landing Preseason Media All-SEC First team earlier this offseason.

    Hendon Hooker and Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett split the second team quarterback spot in the coaches voting.

    The league’s coaches voted Darnell Wright to the second team just like the league’s media. Wright is moving back to right tackle this season after playing himself into a NFL Draft candidate at left tackle last season.

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    Jabari Small is on the Preseason Coaches All-SEC Third Team after rushing for 792 yards and nine touchdowns while battling a shoulder injury as a sophomore in 2021.

    Senior defenders Jeremy Banks and Trevon Flowers joined Small on the third team after finishing first and third on the team in tackles a season ago.

    Banks totaled 128 tackles at his middle linebacker spot while showing growth in pass coverage. Tennessee coaches have raved about Flowers this offseason after the safety recorded 82 tackles and two interceptions in 2021.

    Punter Paxton Brooks is the only Tennessee specialist on the list, landing on the third team.

    You can view the whole Preseason Coaches All-SEC Teams here.

    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.