6’2″ 240 pounds; Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
LaVergne High School; Rutherford County
Not many people are paying attention to what’s happening at tight end for Tennessee football, but it’s laid out for Princeton Fant to be a breakout star. The developments of the offseason only work more in his favor.
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For starters, Fant and Austin Pope were once again expected to be co-starters at tight end, but Pope has had to retire due to medical issues. That means more responsibility for Fant, and he was already expected to be the top receiving tight end anyway. In an offense like Josh Heupel’s that will give him plenty of chances to make big plays.
Last year, Fant had 12 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. However, it was only his second year playing tight end, as the graduate of LaVergne High School in Rutherford County spent his first two years on Rocky Top as a running back.
Now, with more playing experience at the position, a friendlier offense and less competition for playing time, Fant could explode onto the scene. Don’t forget that Jackson Lowe and Sean Brown are two other tight ends who left the program this offseason, further depleting the cupboard when it comes to experienced production.
Given what Heupel did the last time he was in the SEC with Albert Okwuegbunam, we know he also likes to utilize tight ends in the passing game when he can. As a result, Fant should actually be Tennessee football’s biggest breakout star in 2021. Everything’s in place for him.