Cornerback No. 2
1. Warren Burrell
In 2019, Warren Burrell started the first three games of the year due to Bryce Thompson being suspended. He was a true freshman. Last year, he started the final four games at cornerback with issues on the side opposite Thompson. Now, with Thompson gone, Burrell is likely to be Tennessee football’s other starting cornerback alongside Alontae Taylor.
Burrell certainly has the experience within the system, and his potential stands out among most. For his career, he only has one pass deflection and no interceptions. He hasn’t proven himself to be elite yet, but he has shown flashes. The 6’0″ 190-pound junior should be able to put those flashes together and become a solid starter this year.
2. Kenneth George Jr.
While Warren Burrell brings the potential, Kenneth George Jr. brings the experience. Once again, this is likely to be a by-committee position opposite Taylor. George had six starts in 2019 and four in 2020, appearing in 21 of the 23 games over the past two years in the process.
Although he has gotten burned a lot, he does have nine pass deflections over the past two years to go along with an interception. The 5’11” 203-pound fifth-year senior should be even better this year despite being in a different system, and he and Burrell will complement each other in a rotation well. Neither is really a backup here.