Tennessee Football: Top 10 Players on Vols Roster from Georgia

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Sep 10, 2016; Bristol, TN, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Cam Phillips (5) fumbles the ball against Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Micah Abernathy (22) during the fourth quarter at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

As they head to Athens to face the Bulldogs, lots of Volunteers will be going home. Here are the 10 most important Tennessee football players from Georgia.

Tennessee football has a long tradition of building its team off of talent from the state of Georgia. Knoxville’s short distance from Atlanta has created a pipeline that really never stopped.

When the Vols won the national title in 1998, they had built their team around tons of in-state talent and then quite a few weapons from Georgia. Heck, almost the entire secondary was from Georgia that year: Fred White, Steve Johnson, and Deon Grant.

Then you had Jamal Lewis, who was a huge factor before he suffered a season-ending injury. Cosey Coleman was another key player up front.

These were huge weapons that carried Tennessee to that national title.

Georgia’s an even more crucial state for the 2016 Vols. Over 25 players on the roster are from the Peach State. And as they head to Athens on Saturday, about 10 of them will certainly see the field.

It’s a homecoming for so many of these players. Playing the Georgia Bulldogs always is.

And Butch Jones will need many of them to step up in a big way if the Vols are to pull this game out. This is for complete control in the SEC East.

Vols from Georgia have saved their best performances for the Bulldogs in the past. Just ask Jamal Lewis in 1997 and one particular player from last year. Tennessee needs that again this year.

Here are the 10 most important Tennessee football players on the 2016 roster from Georgia for when the Vols head to Athens to face the Bulldogs on the road Saturday.

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