After what feels like forever, the Tennessee Volunteers (2-4) will suit up this weekend against the Auburn Tigers (4-2) at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Here are five Tennessee players to watch this weekend on the plains.
Jackson will be filling for Shawn Shamburger, who has been made unavailable due to academic issues.
This season, Jackson has seen action in six games, racking up 16 tackles, one tackle for a loss, and a fumble recovery.
This weekend he gets a chance to show his stuff in a pivotal game in deciding whether gets the start at the STAR position the rest of the season.
If he performs well, we could see him staying, coming back next year, and possibly helping lead this defense.
If he performs poorly, we might very well see true freshman Doneiko Slaughter take over at the position for the Volunteers.
Slaughter started the game against South Carolina, grabbing three tackles, one tackle for a loss, and a sack.
If Jackson can lock down this position and perform well on Saturday, the Volunteers may have a star at STAR.
We call him “automaglia” for a reason. So far this season, Cimaglia is 16-for-16 on extra points and 4-for-6 on field goals.
His longest came against Arkansas two weeks ago, when he boomed one for 50 yards and went a perfect 2-for-2.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m writing about a kicker… Well, it’s hard to find bright spots on this team lately.
Plus, Cimaglia might kick a game-winning field goal, probably not this weekend, but when he goes to the NFL one day.
Since the beginning of the season, Eric Gray has been one of the bright spots for this Tennessee team, sans the Georgia game.
Against Arkansas, Gray rushed for 123 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown.
This weekend, Gray gets to face off against a team allowing 155 rushing yards per game, meaning he may be set for a big day against the Tigers.
After consistently performing well throughout this season, it’s hard to leave him off the list because of his talent.
Unfortunately for Gray, he’s like Barry Sanders, receiving little to no help from his passing game, meaning if you stack the box against Tennessee, you will find success.
The man who somehow keeps being named the starter in back again, ladies and gentleman.
While he didn’t play poorly against Arkansas and left in the third quarter due to injury, it’s really tough for me to write anything good about him.
Against the Razorbacks, he had a few good scampers, running the ball five times for 31 yards.
He also didn’t do poorly in the passing game, going 5-for-8 for 42 yards.
That being said. It’s time for a change at quarterback, and right now, all eyes are on Guarantano.
If he performs poorly on Saturday, the fans may very well be seeing the last of this young man playing at Tennessee.
We all want more Hyatt. We want to see his speed and abilities out there, and hopefully, this Saturday, we’ll get to see his talents on full display.
Despite being listed behind Brandon Johnson, I have this gut feeling about him.
This season, Hyatt has seven receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown, averaging 20 yards per catch.
With 20 YPC, why don’t we see more of Hyatt?
I put him on this list simply because I hope that the fans will get to see his talent on full display.