New team: Oklahoma Sooners
Staying on the offensive line, Wanya Morris’ departure is another devastating one for Tennessee football not jus because of what he brings to the table this year but because of what he brings for the future. Morris has two years of eligibility left like Eric Gray, and also like Eric Gray, he left to go join the Oklahoma Sooners.
When fully healthy, Morris also played the most important position on the line, left tackle. Given how much Josh Heupel plays out of the shotgun, that position is now even more important. Darnell Wright has since moved over there, but it would have been preferable for Wright to stay at right tackle with Morris at left tackle.
However, Morris being gone with Jahmir Johnson also transferring leaves the unit very thin. Morris is the better and younger player of the two, which is why he’s higher, but the principles still apply, particularly K’Rojhn Calbert being set to miss a few months.
At 6’5″ 320 pounds, Morris started 19 of 23 games and appeared in 22 of them. He was truly a rising star and was another reason, along with Brandon Kennedy, for the spike in improvement up front from 2018 to 2019. Depth is one reason he’ll be missed, but talent is a big part of it too.