Defensive Tackle, Sophomore
Here’s an unlikely person to make this list. Shy Tuttle has emerged as one of the top defensive tackles for the Vols fresh off of an injury last year. He went down for the 2015 season due to a broken fibula…suffered from a cheap shot in the Tennessee vs Georgia game that year.
Now, he can return to exact his revenge. But this game has to be more about Tuttle making amends for personal issues.
He is on this list because he has a chance to shine beyond what he’s already done this year. The Dawgs have had trouble on their offensive line all year, shuffling guys in and out. Even when Nick Chubb has been healthy in the lineup, they’ve had trouble generating a strong running game as a result.
And the passing game has been nonexistent.
All of this screams for Tennessee’s defensive line to get a ton of pressure all night. And that starts in the middle.
To be honest, we could have named Danny O’Brien, Kahlil McKenzie, or Kendal Vickers here. But Tuttle is the one who has shown the most potential to wreak havoc. This is the perfect game for him to do it as well.
Bob Shoop’s goal all night will be for the Vols to get pressure up front. It starts with Tuttle and the tackles. But then it requires the players on the ends coming through.