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5 Vols To Watch For This Weekend Against Florida

AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 21, 2020 – Running back Eric Gray #3 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

Harrison Bailey

Ladies and gentleman, it’s finally happening. Bailey will most likely be starting his first game as a Tennessee Volunteer.

So far this season, Bailey has thrown 14-of-23 attempts for 175 yards and two interceptions. While that looks like nothing special, he threw 7-of-10 for 86 yards against Auburn.

Vol fans have wanted a change at quarterback the last few months and they’re finally getting what they wanted. Unfortunately for Bailey, his first game comes against No. 6 Florida.

I still expect him to have good day though, as Florida’s defense is a big question every weekend for them.

Eric Gray

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – NOVEMBER 07, 2020 – Running back Eric Gray #3 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Tennessee Volunteers at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, AR. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

At the beginning of the season I thought Gray would take a backseat to Ty Chandler.

Boy was I wrong.

This season, Gray has been the best back on the field for the Vols. Gray is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, carrying the ball 132 times for 651 yards and four rushing touchdowns. What impresses me most about Gray is the fact he’s also second on the team in receptions with 22.

He’s the ultimate all-purpose back.

I expect Gray to have another big game as he has done for several weeks in a row now.

Roman Harrison

KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 – Linebacker Roman Harrison #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers during 2020 Fall Camp practice on Haslam Field in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Caleb Jones/Tennessee Athletics

Harrison was listed behind Kivon Bennett on the depth chart for this week, but seeing as Bennett is no longer with the team due to his arrest, it is now Harrison’s time to shine.

The Vols need Harrison to step up and make big plays as losing Bennett is a big issue for their pass rush.

On the season, Bennett had three tackles for loss and two sacks. So far this season, Harrison has two sacks.

I expect Harrison to step up in a big way this weekend now that he has been given the opportunity to shine.

Jalin Hyatt

KNOXVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 01, 2020 – Wide receiver Jalin Hyatt #11 of the Tennessee Volunteers during practice on Haslam Field in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

Despite not playing a lot this season, Hyatt is fourth on the team in receiving yards with 178.

He also has caught 10 passes, one for a touchdown.

With Bailey in at quarterback, it makes sense to put a wide receiver on here as I feel Bailey gives the Vol receivers the best chance to actually pick up yards.

Another great thing about Hyatt is he is a speedster, which could help him get separation against the Gators this Saturday.

Ramel Keyton

I can see the coaches taking a risk by playing the true sophomore this weekend as Bailey was his high school quarterback.

It would make sense that the pair would almost automatically have that connection that wide receivers and quarterbacks have.

So far this season, Keyton has nine receptions for 76 yards, which is not exactly eyepopping, but I believe he could see the field more now that Bailey is going to be playing at quarterback.

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