Savion Williams is needed now more than ever to be a breakout star for Tennessee football. It was bad enough that they lost both starting defensive tackles from last year in Alexis Johnson and Shy Tuttle. Paul Bain being gone made it even worse.
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But Emmit Gooden’s season-ending injury was devastating. He was the only returning contributor with any proven experience, even starting a game last year and finishing with seven and a half tackles for a loss and a sack. Now that he’s out, the Vols desperately need help.
That’s where Williams comes in. A four-star junior college transfer, Williams is almost certainly to become an immediate starter in the middle at 6’4″ 304 pounds. Given how much Jeremy Pruitt is about to rely on him, he’s in perfect position to break out into a junior college star. Who else could take his shine?
Pruitt is still waiting on the NCAA eligibility status of Michigan Wolverines transfer Aubrey Solomon, once a five-star recruit. Kurrott Garland is in the transfer portal. So that leaves three-star Darel Middleton out of Last Chance U and then three freshmen in Greg Emerson, Kingston Harris and Elijah Simmons.
Sure, that’s a nice collection of bodies. But the Vols’ defensive line is in trouble if Williams doesn’t become a breakout star. It’s pretty much a necessity at this point, even if Solomon is given the green light to play. That’s why he’s so high on this list.