Tennessee football DB Kenney Solomon announces change to WR

Tennessee defensive back Kenney Solomon (31) at practice on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.Kns Vols Walkonqbs
Tennessee defensive back Kenney Solomon (31) at practice on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.Kns Vols Walkonqbs /

The Tennessee football Volunteers defensive back is making a position switch to wide receiver.

Bye weeks are opportunities for coaches and teams to evaluate the personnel and see if players should move elsewhere, and that now appears to be what Tennessee football is doing. Of course, at 2-3, the Vols desperately need some changes too.

Anyway, sophomore walk-on defensive back Kenney Solomon says that he has been moved over to wide receiver. Solomon, who stands at 6’0″ 185 pounds, has seen action in every game this year, largely on special teams.

Last year, Solomon played 11 games on special teams or as a reserve cornerback and came away with an interception against the Chattanooga Mocs and a tackle against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. This year, he has one solo tackle, which came against the Georgia Bulldogs. He announced the position switch Tuesday night on Twitter.

Coming out of Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Solomon was a three-star across the board in the Vols’ 2019 recruiting class. He reportedly ran a 4.36 40-time in high school, so he’s definitely got potential somewhere on the football field.

Of course, Tennessee football’s issues have been much more in the secondary than at receiver this year, so it’s unclear what Solomon will bring to the table by moving over to receiver. It’s not like he was the issue at defensive back given his limited playing time.

However, there’s a chance that Jim Chaney wants to be able to stretch out the offense with a bit more speed, and as we have already mentioned, Solomon provides that. With already an interception in limited playing time, he has also proven his ability to come down with the ball.

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Taking all that into account, this could provide some benefit to Tennessee football’s offense. After all, this is the unit that cost the Vols against the Kentucky Wildcats and in the second half against Georgia. Solomon could potentially be a new weapon.