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What Changed About Tennessee Football’s Depth Chart Ahead Of Texas A&M Game

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Tennessee football is back from its open date and has some small alterations to its depth chart ahead of Saturday’s matchup against Texas A&M at Neyland Stadium.

The most notable change came due to Bru McCoy’s season ending injury. In McCoy’s absence, Tennessee lists sophomore receivers Kaleb Webb and Chas Nimrod as its starting receivers opposite Ramel Keyton.

The other changes to the starting lineup came by removing “ORs” from the depth chart. Tennessee no longer lists Squirrel White as a co-starter along with Dont’e Thornton at slot receiver and now lists White as the outright starter. Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said Thornton will earn reps out wide along with Nimrod and Webb.

The same thing applies at tight end where Tennessee nows lists Jacob Warren as the outright starter while McCallan Castles is listed as his backup.

While it was no surprise that White would be the starter over Thornton — he’s earned 129 more offensive snaps this season — Tennessee listing Warren as the outright starter over Castles is mildly surprising. Both Warren and Castles have split time this season with Castles playing one more snap than Warren so far this season.

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Another small change to the offensive depth chart came along the offensive line. Despite splitting playing time at right tackle with Jeremiah Crawford all season, the Vols’ depth chart has listed Gerald Mincey as the backup left tackle the first five weeks of the season.

But ahead of the Texas A&M game, Tennessee now lists Mincey as the backup right tackle as well as the backup left tackle. Crawford missed Tennessee’s win over South Carolina with an injury and Mincey played every snap at right tackle in his place, performing admirably. Expect Mincey and Crawford to split reps at right tackle again this week if Crawford is healthy enough to play.

There are no changes to Tennessee’s defensive depth chart this week.

Kickoff between Tennessee and Texas A&M is at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jenny Dell are on the call for CBS.

Check out Tennessee’s full defensive depth chart here.

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