How Tennessee’s Newcomers Performed In 2022 Season Opener

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    Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

    At long last, Tennessee returned to the field Thursday night. The Vols dominated Ball State, 59-10, jumping out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and coasting to the season opening victory.

    Josh Heupel and his staff played an abundance of back ups early in the win as the Vols showed their improved depth. A portion of those players were freshmen or transfers who took the field for the first time in the orange-and-white. In total, Tennessee played 25 newcomers in the season opener.

    Here’s how the Vols’ newcomers performed against Ball State.

    Offense

    Transfer Offensive Tackle Gerald Mincey

    Transfer Receiver Bru McCoy

    • 46 plays
    • 5 targets, 3 catches for 42 yards
    • 68.1 PFF Grade

    Freshman Receiver Squirrel White

    • 15 plays
    • 3 targets, 3 catches for 25 yards
    • 66.7 PFF Grade

    Freshman Offensive Lineman Addison Nichols

    • 4 plays
    • 67.1 PFF Grade

    Freshman Running Back Dylan Sampson

    • 23 plays
    • 10 carries, 32 yards and a touchdown
    • 1 catch for 19 yards
    • 61.8 PFF Grade

    Freshman Offensive Lineman Mo Clipper

    • 7 plays
    • 60.8 PFF Grade

    Freshman Receiver Kaleb Webb

    • 4 plays
    • 0 targets
    • 59.0 PFF Grade

    Transfer Running Back Patrick Wilk

    • 6 plays
    • 4 carries for 14 yards
    • 58.6 PFF Grade

    Freshman Offensive Lineman Masai Reddick

    • 3 plays
    • 55.1 PFF Grade

    Transfer tight end Charlie Browder

    • 9 plays
    • 0 targets
    • 54.4 PFF Grade

    Freshman Quarterback Tayven Jackson

    • 4 plays
    • 0-0 passing
    • 1 carry for 0 yards
    • 51.2 PFF Grade

    Freshman Running Back Justin Williams-Thomas

    • 4 plays
    • 3 carries for six yards
    • 1 fumble
    • 35.5 PFF Grade

    Transfer Quarterback Navy Shuler

    • 2 plays
    • 0-0 passing
    • 1 carry for -18 yards (snap got past him)
    • 33.5 PFF Grade

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    Defense

    Freshman Defensive End Josh Josephs

    • 14 plays
    • 2 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, one pass break up
    • 72.2 PFF Grade

    Freshman Safety Christian Harrison

    • 17 plays
    • 3 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss
    • 70.4 PFF Grade

    Freshman Defensive Lineman Jayson Jenkins

    • 3 plays
    • 2 tackles
    • 70.1 PFF Grade

    Freshman Defensive Back Jourdan Thomas

    • 12 plays
    • 1 tackle
    • No PFF Grade listed

    Transfer Linebacker Noah Young

    • 3 plays
    • No PFF Grade listed

    Freshman Defensive End James Pearce Jr.

    • 8 plays
    • 0 tackles
    • 68.7 PFF Grade

    Transfer Defensive Back Andre Turrentine

    • 17 plays
    • 4 tackles
    • 64.7 PFF Grade

    Transfer Defensive Back Wesley Walker

    • 38 plays
    • 4 tackles
    • 63.8 PFF Grade

    Freshman Defensive Tackle Tyre West

    • 14 plays
    • 1 tackle, 1 QB hurry
    • 60.1 PFF Grade

    Freshman Linebacker Elijah Herring

    • 20 plays
    • 1 tackle, 1 QB hurry
    • 58.9 PFF Grade

    Freshman Defensive Lineman Jordan Phillips

    • 1o plays
    • 0 tackles
    • 55.1 PFF Grade

    Freshman Linebacker Kalib Perry

    • 11 plays
    • 2 QB hurries
    • 40.9 PFF Grade
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