Tennessee football: 5 most important Vols vs. Georgia Bulldogs

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Quinten Dormady
KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Quinten Dormady /
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Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images /

Last week, Tennessee football found a No. 2 wide receiver in Brandon Johnson. They have seen flashes from Josh Palmer.

And the slot position is finally coming around with Tyler Byrd and Josh Smith. So Quinten Dormady is finally getting a group of receivers he can rely on to make plays.

But the biggest guy he needs to step up is the guy who led the Vols to victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the season-opener. And that’s Marquez Callaway, the best player on the field for the Vols when it comes to having the ball in open space.

Now, it’s time for Callaway to be that elite playmaker once again. As we said in our opening slide to this post, Tennessee football needs its top playmakers to step up.

Callaway is clearly a top playmaker. On top of that, he’s just the guy who could be difficult for the Dawgs.

When it comes to issues with special teams, Callaway could be the guy to turn the tables on the Georgia Bulldogs. He could be the one who gets the punt return for a touchdown.

And he’s also the guy who could catch Dormady’s passes to make big plays against Georgia’s elite defense. Although the Vols didn’t use him last week, Butch Jones and Larry Scott have to know that Callaway is their best player in open space.

So they have got to use him!

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Jauan Jennings was the playmaker last year against Georgia with his Hail Mary catch. Since he’s gone, it’s time for somebody else to step up. That somebody else this year is clearly Callaway. He’s a budding superstar, and this should be the game that puts him on the national map.