3. Graduate and Junior College transfers
This is the big difference from the spring. Well, it is along with the health factor that brings everybody back onto the roster to practice. Jeremy Pruitt went heavy on the junior college and graduate transfer route this offseason. As a result, there is plenty of reason to think he’s trying to win early.
Tennessee football has two grad transfer seniors in Keller Chryst and Madre London who could make up the starting backfield this year. On top of that, the Vols brought in a grad transfer junior in Brandon Kennedy from the Alabama Crimson Tide to join the offensive line. He even brought in a graduate transfer kicker in Ryan Tice!
In addition to those guys, he brought in four-star junior college players in tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson and edge rusher Jordan Allen. Simply put, he was clearly looking for immediate help. And these guys are all going to be a big part of fall camp after not practicing with the team this past spring.
How these guys play in the preseason could have a huge impact on the year. The Vols coaching staff is clearly looking for players who can make immediate impacts, and they were very meticulous in the guys they brought in while also loading up on them.
What’s clear is that Pruitt is going to want to give them a first look. If they can take starting roles, UT may not be so bad after all this year. But it depends on how well they all perform in fall camp and whether or not they can jump right into the new schemes.