1. Jerome Carvin
Trey Smith’s departure opens the door for a three-year reliable player to finally get his shot. Jerome Carvin has played in 34 of 35 games since joining Tennessee football as Jeremy Pruitt’s first high-profile commitment, and he has started 17 of them. Although 16 of those starts were at right guard, the other start was at left guard, and Carvin can play either side.
The 6’5″ 318-pound senior can actually play center and on the outside as well. Given who we project to start at right guard, which we’ll get to eventually, it makes sense fo Carvin to move over to the left side this year. He’s got All-SEC talent and is one of the most underrated players on the team. If he can do what he’s been doing, Josh Heupel’s offense will have an easier time taking off.
2. Kingston Harris
Once a three-star commitment at defensive tackle, Kingston Harris switched over to offensive line before the 2020 season. He appeared in one game last year in that role, and it was against the Alabama Crimson Tide, which is not your ideal first appearance.
This year, with more experience playing the position, Harris is likely to see more action as a rotational guy, especially with Riley Locklear’s retirement. The 6’3″ 326-pound redshirt junior has a lot of potential, and backing up Carvin could get him ready to thrive as a senior in 2022.