If everybody stays healthy, Tennessee football could be back on the road to becoming Wide Receiver U again. The Vols have the talent, and they have the proper coaching with Jeremy Pruitt, Jim Chaney and Tee Martin to get it done this year.
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Jauan Jennings, Marquez Callaway and Josh Palmer all starting provide a major size mismatch for any team. Brandon Johnson, Tyler Byrd and Jordan Murphy all have starter talent and can be great depth guys.
So the Vols are loaded here, and Martin and Chaney know how to maximize wide receiver talent. With Jarrett Guarantano’s big arm, they should have an amazing year if the offense was able to take any step forward.
When you combine Jennings’s abilities as a gamer, Marquez Callaway’s athletic skills, Josh Palmer’s fundamentals, you have an amazing trio. Byrd’s and Murphy’s speed adds diversity to that along with Johnson’s fundamentals.
Simply put, this unit should be loaded. In fact, the receivers will be counted on to help Guarantano have a banner year and make up for an offensive line that’s still developing. They have to be major playmakers if UT is going to take a major leap forward.
Now, that doesn’t mean everything. The last time Chaney was on Rocky Top, he had an elite group, and the Vols still had three straight losing seasons. But there were other factors there, and elite receivers still help.
Tennessee football returns everybody at the position and is much healthier this year. They also have a collection of guys with the right mentality. As a result, if the wide receiver corps. is not the elite unit of the team, it will be a disappointment.