As we said, Marquez Callaway is the No. 2 wideout and No. 1 playmaker among Tennessee football wide receiver. But Jauan Jennings is just the No. 1 wideout, and he proved it again in the Vols’ opener against the Georgia State Panthers. This loss has nothing to do with any mistake he made throughout the game.
Jennings finished with seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. You can say the touchdown was late and meaningless, but for most of the game, he had over 70 yards, and he had some key conversions throughout the day. So he was the typical gamer that he always is and the guy who stepped up.
One of the reasons Jarrett Guarantano is not on this list, despite throwing for over 300 yards, is the fact that Jennings, Callaway and Dominick Wood-Anderdson were all there to make plays for him. There were a few times he missed them when they were open as well, so they all get the nods to be on here.
But Jennings was the top performer of all them, coming through when he was most needed, and he never quit. This is typical of what we expect from Jennings. If he’s healthy, he’s not going to take any play or any game off, and he’s one of the few players on either side of the ball who made sure of that Saturday. Jeremy Pruitt and Jim Chaney should turn to him more.