So far, here’s where the Vols’ units have ranked in the SEC heading into the 2020 season:
- Quarterbacks, No. 4
- Running backs, No. 4
- Wide receivers, No. 10
- Offensive line, No. 2
- Defensive line, No. 2
- Linebackers, No. 8
- Defensive backs, No. 4
Today, we’ll look at special teams.
2020 SEC Special Teams Rankings
The Vols show up at No. 4 on this list thanks mostly to the return of their kickers. Brent Cimaglia made 85.2% of his field goal attempts last year and has never missed an extra point in 69 attempts. The guy is an excellent 77.4% over his three-year career so far and is improving every year. He has a chance to finish his Tennessee career with the best percentage in program history. Punter Paxton Brooks also returns after having averaged 42 yards per punt last season.
The return game is in a bit of a state of flux. Ty Chandler is back to return kicks, for whatever that’s worth in this age of fair catches on kickoffs, but the team will be looking for a full-time replacement for Marquez Callaway to return punts. I’m feeling pretty good about it being Eric Gray and him doing well with it.
What do y’all think? Where did we get it right? Where are we wrong?
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