Tennessee football enters the 2018 preseason with competition for starting spots all over the field. Here are the Volunteers’ 10 biggest position battles.
What generally comes with a team that has a new head coach and is installing new schemes on both sides of the ball? Well, that brings a ton of position battles in the preseason. Such is the case for Tennessee football this fall camp as they get set for the 2018 season under Jeremy Pruitt.
The Vols were looking just for competitors in the spring. As a result, they moved guys around a lot. Now, with fall camp underway, Pruitt has noted that they are pretty much set at their position. All that’s left is finding who can be the full-time starter at each position.
Of course, there may not be a full-time starter. Based on Pruitt’s press conference last week, Tennessee football could rotate guys in and out until they find their main guy well into the season. After all, how do you know if a guy can play without seeing him in front of the lights?
Regardless of when the starter is named, though, there is a ton of competition across the board on Rocky Top. And in this post, we’re going to analyze the most important position battles to pay attention to during the preseason.
Keep in mind that these are based on battles we expect to exist. In some cases, there is a favorite for a starter, and although they could lose their spot this preseason, the expectation for them to keep it is what keeps that position off this list. Also, by-committee positions have to be taken with a grain of salt.
For instance, Madre London and Ty Chandler isn’t really a position battle since we expect both of them to start and play different roles as running back. So that position didn’t make this list. However, numerous others did.
And with a ton of questions about what this team will look like on Sept. 1, let’s analyze those competitions. These are the 10 biggest position battles for the 2018 Tennessee football team with Fall camp underway.