6’3″ 220 pounds
A couple of injuries actually put Jamon Dumas-Johnson on here. Jalen Carter was listed as one of the top 10 SEC stars Tennessee football would have to account for at the beginning of the year, but he has been battling injuries all year. He should be back this week, but it’s hard to know just how much in rhythm he’ll be.
Meanwhile, their superstar playmaker in the front seven, Nolan Smith, is out for the season. Smith had seven tackles for a loss, three sacks, a pass deflection and 18 total tackles, four of which were solo. On the back end, a guy who helps out up front, Dan Jackson, is also done for the year.
That leaves Dumas-Johnson and Smael Mondon Jr. as the remaining stars, both linebackers. Mondon has four tackles for a loss and 29 total tackles, 17 of which were solo. However, Dumas-Johnson is the guy most in line to explode onto the scene without Smith.
At inside linebacker, Dumas-Johnson has two sacks and five tackles for a loss. He also has a pass deflection and 40 tackles, 34 of which were solo, so he can line up at edge rusher or on the inside. To establish the run, Tennessee football needs to watch out for him, and they can’t afford to let him get to Hendon Hooker, so containing him will be crucial.