While Jauan Jennings should be the No. 1 receiver for Tennessee football over Marquez Callaway, that does not mean that Callaway is not important. He is better than Jennings with the ball in his hands, more athletic overall, and knows how to go up and win jump balls. And as he showed against the Kentucky Wildcats last year, he can catch Hail Mary passes in the end zone as well.
Anyway, Jim Chaney loves incredibly athletic wide receivers as much as he loves gamers. And at least since Jeremy Pruitt has been on Rocky Top, Callaway has been the most productive receiver. He did lead the team last year in receiving with 37 receptions for 592 yards and two touchdowns. With Chaney back, the expectations are through the roof.
As the No. 2 wideout at 6’2″ 204 pounds, the reason Callaway is ahead of Jennings is where else he comes through. Callaway is an elite punt returner with two career touchdowns. He’s the only Vol to make Media Preseason All-SEC, and he made it as a punt returner. Jennings will likely be the slightly better receiver, but Callaway should be the better overall playmaker.
Because of that, we have him at No. 6 on this list. He’s going to be a major impact guy for Rocky Top all season, and he should be one of the top two guys in total yards gained when the end of the season comes. In fact, he might be No. 1 on that front.