6’1″ 224 pounds
As we mentioned, South Carolina is horrible at avoiding tackles for a loss. In fact, for the year, they are allowing over seven a game, which puts them down at No. 113 in the nation. Enter Tennessee football’s linebackers, who have been playing great in recent weeks and are much better than they were last year.
Aaron Beasley could be the guy on here, as he leads all linebackers in tackles for a loss with six. Byron Young and Tyler Baron stand out in obvious ways as edge rushers, and Juwan Mitchell has started to prove what we though going into last year, which is that he is the most seasoned linebacker on the team.
However, Jeremy Banks is still the established run stopper, even if his stats haven’t shown it as much this year. He has four tackles for a loss, but he still has 46 tackles overall, 29 of which were solo, and this game screams for him to step up and make an impact.
Against Mizzou, Banks had three solo tackles, so he has come on strong since late October too. Look for him to explode in this game and be all over the field. Linebackers are able to force plenty of big plays against South Carolina’s offense, and Banks is well positioned to do just that.