Tennessee football 2020 preview by position: WR

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Here is a preview of the Tennessee football Volunteers at wide receiver for the 2020 season.

With so much returning talent, there is lots of excitement behind the 2020 Tennessee football team. However, the Vols do lose tons of key talent at one area: wide receiver. And this comes as Jeremy Pruitt and Jim Chaney are trying to restore the title of Wide Receiver U to the program.

Jauan Jennings, UT’s leader and go-to offensive weapon, is gone after 969 receiving yards, over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and nine total touchdowns. The same is true of Marquez Callaway, Rocky Top’s No. 2 wideout who had 635 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns, including a punt return touchdown.

Even Tyler Byrd, who had a key touchdown in Tennessee football’s win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs, is gone. Add in the departure of Dominick Wood-Anderson, UT’s top receiving tight end, and the receivers in general appear depleted. We’ll get to the tight end situation later.

As we get set to bring you our preview for the Vols at this position, our focus will be on the wideouts waiting in the wings. What’s clear is that receivers coach Tee Martin has a lot of work to do, but as a guy who won a national title replacing Peyton Manning at quarterback, he knows what it’s like to fill big shows.

Our slides in this preview will be separated by starters, rotational players, backups, walk-ons, top questions and a final take. In the starting rotation, we’ll have two wideouts and a slot receiver, which will all be crucial. Chaney will want to make use of the versatility on the depth chart.

So with lots of options for Pruitt to replace his top guys, let’s go ahead and begin our analysis of the main skill position on offense. This is our preview of Tennessee football’s 2020 season when it comes to the wide receivers.

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