6’0″ 200 pounds
Similar to running back and quarterback, Tennessee football’s wide receiver room is not much of a concern this year, as it has a ton of talent and potential, but it’s not clear as to who among those talented players is going to start. However, the Vols have at least one receiver locked in for a starting role, unlike the other two units.
Velus Jones Jr. and Jalin Hyatt are the only two proven returning producers from last year given the departures of Josh Palmer and Brandon Johnson. However, Jones made a bigger impact later in the year after he adjusted to the system. The USC Trojans transfer had 22 catches for 280 yards and three touchdowns, the latter two stats of which were both good for second on the team.
Then, in spring ball, Jones was easily the top performer. Add in the fact that he doubles as a kickoff returner, and Jones is certain to have a starting job. We’re listing him here as safe at wide receiver because if he performs there he may not return kickoffs as much.
Anyway, as more of a speedy receiver who can line up in the slot or at wideout, Jones is the perfect type of player in Josh Heupel’s offense. He can double as a utility guy, as he can take handoffs on trick plays as well. Add in that Heupel brought him as one of the two players to SEC Media Days, and his job is clearly safe.