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

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30: Matt Simms /
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Cameron Clear is barely a former Vol. He played one year with Tennessee football after being a four-star recruit from the Memphis area for Derek Dooley’s 2011 class. However, he was never used as a receiving tight end at all.

Then he was dismissed due to a laptop theft and spent his final two years with Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies. Even there, the 6’6″ 277-pound tight end only had nine receptions in those seasons combined for 76 yards and a touchdown.

As a primarily blocking tight end, it’s hard to see him having success at the next level. Former Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley was named head coach of the San Antonio Express, where Clear is playing. The problem with that is while Riley likes to run a mostly pro-style offense, it’s extremely pass heavy and has a hint of the air raid in it.

We saw under Kevin Sumlin how Clear is not a fit for those systems, and the same is likely to be true at this level. Unless he’s moved to a smaller offensive lineman, it’s unlikely he becomes a regular in this league. Now, Clear did have a couple of NFL tryouts. So maybe he’ll work out. But it’s hard to have faith in this system.