Jalin Hyatt had nothing but glowing remarks regarding fellow freshman Harrison Bailey on Tuesday afternoon. The former four-star speedster is starting to come into his own as an explosive receiver and maybe the go-to guy for the Vols.
Late in the Arkansas game, Jeremy Pruitt decided to forgo trying a field goal to cut the lead to a one score game. Instead, the Vols went for it, allowing Bailey to throw his first pass of the game.
The pass went to Hyatt, and despite blatant pass interference, he nearly made the catch.
Hyatt’s shown his ability to get behind the defense and make big plays this season. Against Alabama, Hyatt caught two passes for 86 yards with one touchdown. He had another long reception that should have gone for a touchdown, but Hyatt stepped out of bounds according to replay.
On Tuesday, Hyatt spoke about his trip to Atlanta during the pandemic. He mentioned he spent three or four days in March with Bailey. “After I left, I knew this was going to be something special. I’m ready to see what he does in the future.”
Hyatt also said, “With Harrison Bailey, he came in my recruiting class. I’m very proud of him. He’s like a close brother to me, and he’s going to have success in the future, and I can’t wait to play with him. It’s going to be fun.”
The Vols game against Texas A&M is postponed due to positive tests, contact tracing, and subsequent quarantine of individuals within the A&M program.
Jarrett Guarantano is recovering from an injury during the Arkansas game. Next week could be a great chance to get Bailey ready to play against Auburn. If Pruitt makes the change to Bailey, look for Jalin Hyatt to be more involved in the offense. We could even see him making a difference out of the slot.