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It’s likely that Darnell Wright stays at left tackle, where he has been the past two years. That fact alone would make him safe. However, he’s even safer given the transfers Tennessee football suffered in the offseason. Wanya Morris left to join the Oklahoma Sooners, and Jahmir Johnson left to join the Texas A&M Aggies.
Morris has been the starting left tackle the past two years, and Johnson has been a utility tackle the past three years. As a result, with both of them gone, Wright isn’t just safe because of his experience at right tackle anymore. He’s safe because the left tackle spot is open.
There’s a strong possibility that nobody emerges at left tackle, in which case Josh Heupel could move Wright over to that side. As a result, he’s a favorite to start at one position and has another position likely open for him if that doesn’t work out.
Simply put, Wright is safe to start at tackle, whichever side that’s on. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where he’s not starting if healthy this year. Junior college transfer Jeremiah Crawford, spring surprise Dayne Davis and veteran K’Rojhn Calbert will all likely be in the tackle rotation, but Wright is the one certain to start.