6’6″ 335 pounds
Everything about this game is physical play. We would just say the tackles in general, and left tackle is more crucial because of how bad Jeremiah Crawford and Gerald Mincey were last week. However, since we’re naming players, Darnell Wright is the most crucial, as he’ll be the one tackle playing every snap in this one.
Wright has been a superstar for Tennessee football this year. Even last week, he wasn’t bad on his side of the line. Mizzou has elite edge rushers on both sides of the ball, and they have a dominant interior defensive line. In this game, Wright will be critical on both fronts.
That’s not to overlook Cooper Mays, Jerome Carvin and Javontez Spraggins. Establishing the run is what the Vols need to make their offense go, and with Jabari Small hurt and Mizzou’s interior line being so elite, that’s going to be complicated. However, the Vols need to establish the run and have good pass protection, and Wright is crucial to both.
This game screams for Jaylen Wright to potentially be Tennessee football’s top playmaker with all those factors, but similar to left tackle and wide receiver, we just don’t know at running back. We do know who else stands out on the offensive line, though, and nobody is a greater superstar among that group and will have a greater responsibility than Wright.