1. Darnell Wright
After spending time at both right tackle and right guard as a freshman, Darnell Wright settled in at right tackle last year, where he started nine of 10 games. He and Wanya Morris were supposed to make up an elite duo of Tennessee football tackles, but Morris has now transferred to the Oklahoma Sooners, so Wright is the one star left.
The 6’6″ 335-pound junior who was a five-star recruit will be in great shape starting next to Cade Mays, though. This should make the right side of the line a strength for the Vols. Wright has battled injuries and inconsistencies his first two years, and a system change won’t help that, but he’s still got more raw talent than almost anybody up front.
2. Jeremiah Crawford
Josh Heupel’s only signee in the Vols’ 2021 recruiting class, Jeremiah Crawford heads to Rocky Top from junior college figuring to make an immediate impact. Since he missed spring ball, he’s not likely to start this year. There’s too much to pick up.
However, the 6’5″ 315-pound junior is still likely to make an impact in the rotation. UT needs as much depth at tackle as it can get, and Crawford is likely a guy who will be in the rotation at both right and left tackle. We just have him here because of Dayne Davis at left tackle.