6’6″ 335 pounds; Hometown: Huntington, W. Va.
No, we’re not done with the offensive line yet. Tennessee football took a separate hit on the outside, and that was in the form of transfers. Wanya Morris, a rising star at the position, transferred to the Oklahoma Sooners. Jahmir Johnson, a versatile veteran on the outside, transferred to the Texas A&M Aggies.
Meanwhile, K’Rojhn Calbert is now out for up to multiple months due to injury. That leaves Darnell Wright as the only proven returning blocker. To be fair, the graduate of Huntington High School in West Virginia’s Cabell County was always the most highly touted recruit at tackle, even with the other players on the roster.
Still, combine his talent with how thin the Vols now are on the outside, and Wright is the most important offensive lineman on the team now. We should also note that he has moved to left tackle, making him even more important than he was last year.
Although he has battled injuries at times over the past two years, Wright has still started 14 games at tackle over the past two years and appeared in 21 of 23 games. As a result, his potential and experience put him high on this list. Expectations are through the roof for him this year, and UT desperately needs him healthy.