Well, one of the concerns around Tennessee football is now confirmed. The Vols are already thin in the secondary given who left and how much the unit struggled the past year, and they just lost a player at receiver, as Malachi Wideman is no longer with the program.
Over the weekend, one player’s new transfer destination confirmed that they lost somebody who could have played either position. Kenney Solomon, who played receiver and defensive back for the Vols, will be joining the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Solomon, who just completed his sophomore season on Rocky Top, entered the transfer portal on May 30. He revealed his decision to join Tulsa, confirming his decision to leave Tennessee football, Saturday on Twitter.
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Given UT’s losses in the secondary, Solomon could be a bigger loss than people may think. The Vols severely struggled there last year, and it was largely due to the departure of Nigel Warrior and limitations of Shawn Shamburger. Well, now Shamburger is in the portal. It’s also made worse by the fact that Bryce Thompson, their best defensive back, left early for the NFL.
A former walk-on out of South Carolina, Solomon stands at 6’0″ 185 pounds. He appeared in 11 games as a freshman, all on special teams and defense. In 2020, he appeared in all 10 games but switched from defensive back to receiver after the first five games.
Although Solomon did not rack up any receiving yards, he at least gave Josh Heupel another option. Despite the number of skill players, Heupel is lacking in proven skill players, so extra skill players always help, and Solomon would have been valuable on that regard.
Obviously, moving him away from defensive back was a big deal to begin with. Tennessee football desperately needs help there. The Vols have options to replace him on both sides, but he would have been a huge benefit on either side. As a result, his departure hurts UT, but it’s understandable. Everybody should wish him the best in Oklahoma.