If tomorrow’s game actually is a 1’s vs 1’s, 2’s vs 2’s situation, the release of the rosters today may tell us more about how Jeremy Pruitt’s first team will look than the actual Orange & White Game itself:
🍊 ORANGE vs. WHITE ⚪️
Who you got? #PoweredByTheT
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) April 20, 2018
With the Orange team representing the first team offense and second team defense and vice-versa with the White, we can create a rough draft post-spring depth chart. The Vols chose to include injured players like Jauan Jennings in the mix, so we will too:
|QB||Jarrett Guarantano||RSo||Keller Chryst||RSr|
|RB||Ty Chandler||So||Tim Jordan||So|
|WR||Marquez Callaway||Jr||Josh Palmer||So|
|WR||Jauan Jennings||RJr||Latrell Williams||RSo|
|WR||Brandon Johnson||Jr||Tyler Byrd||Jr|
|TE||Eli Wolf||RSo||Austin Pope||RSo|
|OT||Trey Smith||So||Marcus Tatum||So|
|OG||Riley Locklear||So||Greg Emerson||Fr|
|C||Ryan Johnson||RSo||Nathan Niehaus||RSo|
|OG||Jerome Carvin||Fr||Ollie Lane||Fr|
|OT||Drew Richmond||RJr||Chance Hall||RJr|
|DE||Jonathan Kongbo||RSr||Matthew Butler||So|
|DT||Shy Tuttle||Sr||Alexis Johnson||RSr|
|DE||Kyle Phillips||Sr||Deandre Johnson||So|
|LB||Daniel Bituli||Jr||Quart’e Sapp||RJr|
|LB||Darrin Kirkland||RJr||Austin Smith||RJr|
|LB||Darrell Taylor||RJr||Will Ignont||So|
|CB||Marquill Osborne||Jr||Alontae Taylor||Fr|
|CB||Shawn Shamburger||So||Carlin Fils-Aime||Jr|
|NB||Baylen Buchanan||Jr||Cheyenne Labruzza||RFr|
|S||Nigel Warrior||Jr||Todd Kelly Jr||RSr|
|S||Micah Abernathy||Sr||Theo Jackson||So|
A couple of notes and observations:
- With Carlin Fils-Aime apparently sticking in the secondary, I’m assuming Tim Jordan being listed on the orange team behind Ty Chandler effectively makes him the current second option in the backfield.
- With Jennings out, it looks like Josh Palmer will join Marquez Callaway and Brandon Johnson as the starters at receiver, which is essentially how the Vols line up most often last fall at that position.
- There’s a whole bunch of guesswork on the offensive line, but these assumptions include Trey Smith back at tackle, as well as Chance Hall (though I listed him second team behind Drew Richmond for now). But even if that’s the case, the Vols are going to need something from someone young at guard right away.
- The defensive line is the former recruiting stars capital of the team, where it’s easy to talk yourself into, “This coaching staff will finally get them to live up to their potential!” They might! But Kongbo, Tuttle, and Phillips will all graduate this year, so any progress on the defensive line will only be of the one-year variety in the starting lineup.
- Tennessee needs more help at corner.
What am I interpreting incorrectly? What do you see here?