7. No. 2 cornerback
Bryce Thompson is gone. After Tennessee football’s struggles in the secondary last year, losing their star cornerback early is a big concern. What we do know is that because of his return to health and his experience, Alontae Taylor now has the No. 1 cornerback spot locked up, and he’s likely to shine in that role if he can stay healthy throughout this season.
However, the starter at cornerback alongside Taylor is a major question. On many fronts, this race is similar to the nickel race with the exception of Theo Jackson, who isn’t a true cornerback. That also holds true for Cheyenne Labruzza.
Kenneth George Jr., though, is right there in the thick of it, as he is a veteran who split time with Taylor last year. Warren Burrell, meanwhile, is the rising star at the position who has started multiple games over each of the past two years.
Again, Auburn Tigers transfer Kamal Hadden and Alabama Crimson Tide transfer Brandon Turnage could be in the competition as well. Despite the concerns in the secondary, the Vols have plenty of talent to choose from in looking for a guy to start alongside Taylor. One of them is likely to stand out over the next four weeks.