Tennessee football: Ranking all 9 former Vols in AAF by potential

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30: Matt Simms /
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All due respect to Colton Jumper, it’s hard to see him having success at any higher level. He generated a lot of praise for his work ethic while playing for Tennessee football, but the guy had horrible issues getting off blocks, making tackles and running guys down.

Jumper saw significant action early in 2015 before Darrin Kirkland Jr. took the starting role, and he saw action in 2016 due to Kirkland and Jaylen Reeves-Maybin getting hurt. There were plenty of instances he made great plays because he knew how to be in the right spot.

But even the AAF is likely to be a bit too much for him to handle. As I write this, know that it’s extremely hard to say. That’s because Jumper is the type of player you want on your team with how hard he works, and that’s why Jon Jancek, Bob Shoop and Butch Jones all loved him. Ability matters, though.

To make things worse, the coaches in the AAF show they’re going to try to spread out the offenses, and Jumper is simply not fast enough to be able to handle that. As a result, he may have a roster spot as a reserve, but he’s not going to make much of a long-term impact.