I respect his decision to opt out for whatever the reason might be. It doesn’t make sense to practice as long as he has to be scared to play due to COVID suddenly.
Gibbs will still be with the team but will focus on academics.
Despite the reason, it’s his decision.
However, losing Gibbs won’t hurt the Vols this season.
There were some reports that Gibbs was having a fantastic camp and could be one of the first wide receivers to see a lot of action.
That’s just practice though. We’ve never even seen game reps. It’s not like losing Daniel Bituli or Bryce Thompson last season. We have no clue what Gibbs could have brought on Saturdays and that’s why I’m okay moving forward with the young talented guys.
But, the Vols are deep at receiver.
Josh Palmer is becoming a leader on and off the field. Everyone is expecting big things from the senior receiver.
As a junior, Palmer accounted for 457 receiving yards on 34 receptions and one touchdown. In the last three games of the season, Palmer caught 16 balls for 247 yards.
Look for Palmer to have that kind of production in each game next season.
As good as I believe Palmer will be, the Vols have exciting young playmakers.
Malachi Wideman, Jalin Hyatt, Jimmy Calloway, and Jimmy Holiday were apart of the 2020 recruiting class, and all should have the opportunity to make plays this season. Losing Gibbs only helps them get on the field faster.
We also can’t forget about guys like Brandon Johnson and Ramel Keyton.
Losing depth at any position is never good, especially playing an all-SEC schedule. However, the Vols will be just fine without Gibbs.