Tennessee football spring practice is over, and there were some Volunteers who benefitted greatly from it. Here are the top five winners from this spring.
Even with a depleted roster, coaches showing very little, and a major distraction from the outside, spring practice for 2016 was still very important for the Tennessee Vols. Heck, for many players, the depleted roster allowed them a chance to secure a spot for the 2016 football season.
As Tennessee football heads into the summer, the Vols have a new collection of a few players who really showed what they can be during the spring season. Injuries simply allowed them a chance to step up more and show what they could do.
A new system on defense with the arrival of defensive coordinator Bob Shoop combined with Mike DeBord likely installing more things in the offense in his second year as offensive coordinator with a senior quarterback means even more opportunities for players to step up.
Different players obviously perform better in different systems, and whether it was the system, the lack of depth, or just real improvement, there were definitely some major standouts.
So amidst many of the concerns facing the Vols with so much hype heading into the 2016 season, there are some individuals who walk away from spring practice a heck of a lot happier than many might have thought going into March.
Here is a look at the five Tennessee football players who gained the most out of spring practice.