It is true that Tennessee football is loaded in the secondary, but there were always questions as to who would start alongside Nigel Warrior at safety. Trevon Flowers was the favorite. He played most of the season last year as a true freshman despite missing a huge chunk of it due to an injury he suffered early on.
Despite being a three-star recruit, Flowers was clearly always better. He is a skilled athlete who only had his ratings held back because he spent the spring playing baseball instead of going to certain camps to boost his status. But Jeremy Pruitt has always loved him, and as Derrick Ansley noted, his baseball fielding skills translate to playing safety.
As a result, there is real excitement behind him. However, this safety spot was an open competition in fall camp. Flowers may have been the favorite to win it, but he wasn’t a guarantee. Lucky for him, though, nobody else who emerged at the position, leaving him as the top guy throughout fall camp.
When the depth chart was released, his status was confirmed. He will now start alongside Warrior at safety, and as a sophomore, that’s a huge deal. It wasn’t a sure thing, so Flowers is a major winner by securing a starting spot in fall camp and having a huge future to be excited about.