7. Special teams
Joe Doyle and Brent Cimaglia transferred in the offseason to the Memphis Tigers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets respectively. Tennessee football is fine with Doyle gone, as Paxton Brooks is penciled in to be their punter once again. The place kicking duties come down to Toby Wilson and USC Trojans transfer Chase McGrath.
In the open scrimmage, Wilson missed a field goal in the 30-40 yard range but hit one beyond 40 yards and was two-of-three on the day. There were also no missed extra points in that or the spring game, which McGrath took part in, and that has to count for something.
Paxton brooks was a solid punter in the spring game too, averaging over 44 yards a punt. There’s not much to worry about on that front. In general, the kicking game should be fine by the time the season rolls around.
However, for spring ball, there just wasn’t enough for us to put special teams high on the list. After all, nobody stood out in the return game, and nothing was elite about the kicking game. Those factors keep it in the bottom half of this list, but you could give this a grade of incomplete for now. It’ll probably be fine by the time the season starts.