1. Chase McGrath
Brent Cimaglia would have been a huge loss if he transferred at the end of the 2019 season, but his struggles in the 2020 season made his departure easier to digest. Everybody wishes him well with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Chase McGrath, meanwhile, was a great pickup for Josh Heupel and Tennessee football in the transfer portal from the USC Trojans.
Before shockingly losing his starting job last year, McGrath was All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. He made 14-of-17 attempts in 2019, was 4-of-6 from beyond 40 and hit his only 50-yarder while going perfect on extra points and kicks inside 30 yards. This is exactly what you need in a kicker, and the 6’0″ 195-pound fifth-year senior is a certain starter here.
2. Toby Wilson
After Cimaglia shut down his injury-riddled season late last year, Toby Wilson took his spot in the final two games of the year. He never did have a chance to kick a field goal, but he did go 7-of-8 on extra points, showing he could do the basics.
The 5’10” 182-pound redshirt junior is clearly going to be McGrath’s backup this year, and it’s hard to know exactly how successful he will be if his number is called again. However, at least he has some experience at this level, which is huge for kickers.