When Tennessee Volunteers defensive back LaDarrell McNeil was asked which newcomer impressed him, he didn’t hesitate to point out one player in particular — wide receiver Von Pearson.
McNeil: Definitely Von Pearson. He’s improving a lot. As long as he keeps working, I think he’s going to be very helpful to us.
Pearson signed with the Vols after attending Feather River Community College for two years. His journey to Rocky Top looks very much like that of former Vol Cordarrelle Patterson.
Patterson is also who Pearson finds himself compared to often.
And he embraces it.
When Pearson was asked how he felt about being compared to Patterson, he said “I can play to his level. I still have to work a little harder, in the weight room, in the film room. But I could do something around his area.”
If Pearson gets anywhere close to Patterson’s level then Vol fans are in for a treat.
Patterson made quite an impression during his one season in Knoxville and he’s now currently one of the most talked about second-year players in the NFL.
Those are some big shoes to fill, but Pearson proved in the spring that he has the tools.
The Virginia native, who was the number two rated JuCo wide receiver in the nation, has been getting first team reps during fall camp. Pearson has been working mostly out of the slot, but mentioned that he’s also been moved “all over” during practice.
Marquez North and Josh Malone are likely going to start out wide. Pig Howard would make more sense as the starting slot receiver, but Pearson may simply be too good not to start.
It’s certainly a great problem to have if you’re the Vols. And it’s definitely a great thing for whoever wins the Vols’ starting quarterback job.
Von Pearson is a player that Vol fans need to watch out for this season. He may not receive the same amount of attention as players like Jalen Hurd, Dillon Bates or Josh Malone, but he could end up being the Vols’ most dynamic playmaker this season.
Tennessee might only win five or six games this season, but they’re going to be a fun team to watch.