Tennessee football appears to be set at wideout. Marquez Callaway and Jauan Jennings are the clear favorites to start, Brandon Johnson is a clear No. 3 who could maybe move into a No. 2 spot, and Josh Palmer remains at No. 4. The slot receiver position, however, remains a complete mystery. And that’s why Latrell Williams can get onto this list.
The Vols relied on Tyler Byrd and Josh Smith here the last two years. Play was highly inconsistent, and now Smith is gone while Byrd tried out at defensive back last year. He’s back on the offensive side of the ball and on many people’s projections to start again at the slot.
However, the offseason tells a different story. We don’t know if Byrd is the perfect fit in the slot for Tyson Helton’s offense yet. Switching positions is kind of a big deal. And that opens the door for somebody completely unknown to take the role.
Williams could be that unknown guy. He was once a two-star prospect, but the 5’11” 177-pound redshirt sophomore from Florida is a speedster who could be just what Helton needs to create the proper mismatches and spread the field.
Last year, he didn’t rack up any stats and only played in one game, against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. But with a new system and things so wide open now, you have to believe he’ll get a look at the slot. And maybe, just maybe, he’ll become the regular starter there. That’s enough to put him on this list.