6. Left tackle
Usually, the offensive line rotation is a major topic of conversation heading into the year, and that’s especially the case when a team coming off a 3-7 season has a hew head coach and lost three of its starters up front. However, without Trey Smith, Brandon Kennedy, Wanya Morris and even Jahmir Johnson, things actually look more clear for Tennessee football.
The Vols have Cooper Mays pretty much locked in at center, Jerome Carvin at one guard spot and Darnell Wright at right tackle. Cade Mays will either play the other guard spot or left tackle, and that depends on if somebody else emerges at left tackle.
Yes, the most important position on the line is the one position in question. Morris’ transfer to the Oklahoma Sooners really left an opening here. Dayne Davis stood out among everybody in spring ball, and K’Rojhn Calbert is a veteran who could play the position if necessary. However, there’s no clear-cut guy yet who can step in and fill this role.
Josh Heupel’s one signee in the Vols’ 2021 recruiting class was junior college transfer Jeremiah Crawford, and he could be in the running as well. Regardless, the Vols desperately need to find somebody here. Heupel’s spread can’t work without blindside protection.