Tennessee football: 15 potential dark-horse Vols for 2019 season

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Carlin Fils-Aime
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Despite all the questions on the offensive line, Tennessee football appears set at tackle. Marcus Tatum, Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright are the three main guys, and Jahmir Johnson is going to be in the rotation.

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But the interior of the offensive line is where the questions come, particularly with Brandon Kennedy coming back from injury and the health of Trey Smith, who is listed back at guard, in question. That’s why Riley Locklear and Jerome Carvin were both on here.

Ryan Johnson, to be fair, wasn’t because he has experience starting. Standing above all of them, though, is K’Rojhn Calbert. A 6’5″ 330-pound standout in the spring and the summer, the coaches have not stopped talking about Calbert. He clearly is a guy they love.

As a result, he may have actually stolen a starting job on the interior, and if injuries become an issue elsewhere, he may have a chance to become a star. That’s a pretty big leap for a guy who redshirted in 2017 and, despite playing in 10 games in 2018, was a backup the whole time.

If the Vols take a big leap on the offensive line this year, it could be due to the emergence of guys like Calbert. Hey, he clearly is going to be a valuable player, and there is a chance for him to become the breakout offensive guy.

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Offensive line was the biggest issue for Tennessee football last year. The return to health of some players, development of others and arrival of new elite recruits is all expected to help fix that this year. But Jeremy Pruitt also was clearly going to look for the emergence of guys, and that’s where Calbert comes in. Given the offseason talk, he should clearly top our list.