Tennessee football: Analyst ranks Wanya Morris a top five SEC OT

Cole Cubelic is high on Tennessee football Volunteers offensive lineman Wanya Morris.

There’s a reason one SEC Network analyst believes Tennessee football has a top five offensive line nationally heading into 2020. He has high ratings for three individual players on the line itself when it comes to rankings within the league.

After ranking Trey Smith as the top guard in the SEC and Brandon Kennedy as a top five center in the league, Cole Cubelic of ESPN is now showing some love to rising sophomore Wanya Morris. Cubelic had him as a top five offensive tackle in the SEC.

The Tennessee football offensive tackle, who started 12 of 13 games last year at left tackle specifically, was a freshman All-American and came in at No. 5 on Cubelic’s list. He posted his full top five on Twitter.

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Initially a 6’5″ 315-pound prospect from Savannah, Ga., Morris was a five-star on some recruiting services and a four-star on others. He and five-star Darnell Wright, another offensive tackle, were the two highest rated players in Jeremy Pruitt’s 2019 recruiting class. Both became starters at left tackle and right tackle respectively last year.

Morris was the better of the two as a true freshman, but he also had the advantage of being an early enrollee in the spring. As a result, it’s safe to say that Wright could emerge as the top tackle among the two this year.

What’s clear, though, is that while all the hype is on the interior of the Vols’ offensive line, and for good reason, Morris and Wright could make the exterior just as crucial. After all, if Cade Mays does become a starter this year, then everybody on the line will either have been a five-star recruit, a freshman All-American or will be a sixth-year senior.

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That’s a pretty good collection of starters to have, and it’s only bolstered by other regular contributors in Riley Locklear, Jahmir Johnson, K’Rojhn Calbert and Jerome Carvin. Simply put, Morris is another reason for the hype behind Tennessee football’s offensive line, and Cubelic was right to point that out.

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