1. Aubrey Solomon
It’s time to move over to the defense. In the past two years, Aubrey Solomon has come away with 45 tackles, 17 of which were solo. He also had four tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2019. The Michigan Wolverines transfer was targeted by Jeremy Pruitt to be a cog in the middle and get a serious push up front.
Now, though, with Tennessee football moving back to four down linemen, there is still a nose tackle, and Solomon will play the role, but he’s got a chance to make lots more plays. The 6’5″ 325-pound senior is the sole returner for this role, as Darel Middleton entered the transfer portal this offseason. Expectations for him are high as a result.
2. Da’Jon Terry
Although Middleton is a loss, Josh Heupel did a solid job in the transfer portal bringing in Da’Jon Terry from the Kansas Jayhawks. The 6’4″ 325-pound redshirt sophomore has a bright future with the Vols and is certainly the perfect player to back up Solomon this year.
Last year, Terry had 14 tackles, 11 of which were solo, to go along with two sacks while appearing in eight games. He’s got potential to be an elite playmaker, and he allows Tim Banks and Rodney Garner to do lots more rotations up front.