1. Trevon Flowers
As a sophomore in 2019, Trevon Flowers was in the midst of what would have been a breakout year before suffering a season-ending injury due to a broken leg on an interception. He came back in 2020 and resumed his free safety role, but the departure of Nigel Warrior and absence of Shawn Shamburger made it a bit of an adjustment.
Still, Flowers broke up three passes and had two tackles for a loss while ranking second on the team with 62 tackles, 36 of which were solo. He started all 10 games. The 5’11” 200-pound senior is a great center fielder, and with a full offseason being healthy under his belt, he should be even better this year. Flowers is one of the stars of the secondary, so this job is his.
2. Cheyenne Labruzza
Over the past few years, Cheyenne Labruzza has flown under the radar as a reliable safety providing depth for Tennessee football. He appeared in four games in 2017, seven in 2018 and nine each of the past two years.
The 5’11” 200-pound fifth-year senior is likely not going to start, but he’ll be a rotational player and see action on the field this year. With Theo Jackson moving to focus on nickel full-time and Key Lawrence transferring to the Oklahoma Sooners, Labruzza will be the guy to back up Flowers.