One of the players in Tennessee’s 2014 recruiting class that has fans most excited is wide receiver Josh Malone from Gallatin, TN (Station Camp).
Malone, who was rated by 247Sports as a four-star recruit coming out of high school, was regarded as one of the top 2014 wide receivers in the nation.
The Tennessee native teased Vol fans with his impressive performance in the Orange & White game, where he caught six passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
As impressive as Malone was in the spring game, I wouldn’t expect that kind of production from the Tennessee native as a true freshman. Especially considering that he’ll likely be the Vols’ third wide receiver, behind sophomore Marquez North and junior Von Pearson.
Malone should still, however, see plenty of playing time in 2014. UT wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni likes to use a steady rotation of receivers and Malone will see the field early and often.
Even though the Vols’ passing game should be much improved in 2014, due to the addition of playmakers like Malone, there will still be a ton of concerns surrounding Tennessee’s offense.
Questions about the inexperienced offensive line’s ability to pass protect and the lack of certainty around the quarterback position could still hinder the Vols offensively in 2014.
All things considered, we still think Josh Malone will have a solid freshman campaign.