It may have been the worst weekend in years for Tennessee football, but former Vols in the pros had one of the best. After so many weeks of different players being banged up and struggling to find their footing, those who had been knocking on the door in previous games all picked one weekend to really stand out.
One former Vol set an all-time record on special teams in the return game. Two more, who are both in their second year in the pros, had superstar performances, one of whom continues to have breakout games as of recent. We actually had to name three stars for this week.
Along with the stars, another former Vol who is a veteran actually played his first game in the pros this year, just recently after signing with a team. He helped bring back Tennessee football’s Punter U title. In this post, we’ll separate slides by stars, those who played significantly, those who saw limited action and those who only played on special teams. Let’s start with those who didn’t play.
A former Tennessee football player setting a special teams record leads our Week 11 recap of Volunteers in the pros.
Former Vols who did not play
Joshua Dobbs – QB Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns lost 31-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills this past weekend. Josh Dobbs was there as the backup quarterback, but he didn’t play.
Kendal Vickers – DL – Las Vegas Raiders
Matthew Butler – DL – Las Vegas Raiders
Both defensive tackles from Tennessee football on the Las Vegas Raiders were not on the 53-man roster in their 22-16 overtime win over the Denver Broncos.
Former Vols who had a bye Week
Darrell Taylor – LB – Seattle Seahawks
Justin Coleman – DB – Seattle Seahawks
Former Vols who were injured
Derek Barnett – DE -Philadelphia Eagles
A torn ACL in the opener ended Derek Barnett’s season.
Emmanuel Moseley – DB – San Francisco 49ers
Just like Derek Barnett, Emmanuel Moseley is out with a torn ACL he suffered against the Carolina Panthers.
Ja’Wuan James – OL – Baltimore Ravens
In this year’s opener, Ja’Wuan James suffered a torn achilles. That has resulted in his second straight season-ending injury.