We’re sticking with graduate transfers here. Brandon Kennedy is another guy who is no guarantee to win a starting job this year for Tennessee football. However, he’s the only guy who has any experience playing center in a pro-style offense.
And while the transition from a spread to a pro-style can be a bit rocky for all offensive linemen, it’s toughest for a center. As a result, Kennedy’s transfer from the Alabama Crimson Tide puts him in perfect position to become a regular player.
Once a four-star recruit, Kennedy is also actually a very good player. There’s a reason that Jeremy Pruitt fought with the SEC to be able to have him transfer away from Nick Saban and grant him the right to play right away. It also lends credibility to the idea that he’s a favorite to become a starter. After all, why else would Pruitt fight so hard for him?
Kennedy’s talent and likelihood of playing could give him a great chance to win a postseason award. Why? Well, the Vols are actually better on the offensive line than you might think. Now, to be fair, we don’t know which members of the line will assert themselves.
However, there are enough bodies with talent in that unit that it’s bound to be in good shape when the season starts provided everybody stays healthy. Because of that, and because of Kennedy’s experience, he’s bound to shine, especially if he plays center. So although he is a wildcard, he’s definitely got an outside shot at a postseason award.