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Ramel Keyton Could Be An All-SEC Offensive Threat


Ramel Keyton

June has officially arrived, which means the sports world is DEAD. On the heels of COVID-19 and protests nationwide it’s safe to say that America needs some sort of good news and hope from the sports world. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing some previews of Tennessee football players, who are not only going to play major key parts in this coming season but some sleepers you should be looking out for!

First of all, I am not talking about the QB battle or Jarrett Guarantano currently because I think this fan base has heard enough of that for now. Most people know that the Vols lost Juan Jennings and Marquez Callaway, two of the most dynamic wide receivers in the last decade. The main question is, who is going to step up and be the go-to guy? All signs point to senior WR Josh Palmer but what if I told you another name like Ramel Keyton.

I’m not going to sit here and bore you to sleep with stat after stat because Keyton only recorded four receptions for 104 yards. Now the majority of those yards came in the Gator Bowl Victory, Keyton had two receptions for 60 yards. Most of you guys have heard that Keyton is one of the fastest guys on the team, maybe the whole SEC. The past couple of seasons, Tennessee’s offense has lacked speed, and that plays into quarterbacks making reads (not making an excuse for Guarantano). More or less, whoever is taking snaps for the Vols, they’re going to need some burners this year, which overall would be helpful in all aspects of Jim Chaney’s offense in year two.

The Vols are going to run the ball A LOT this year, so when you have a successful run game, it opens up the passing attack, hint hint play action. Keyton can outrun the majority of DB’s so one on one coverage down the sideline is open all day. Let’s talk about where Keyton really can improve to help the Vols, short route running. Last season the Vols really struggled with short passing situations; having a guy like Keyton able to make quick moves at the line with speed to break tackles is insane.

Tennessee will need Keyton to step up, and having a whole year under his belt will help knowing the system. Keyton really could be used in screens like Jennings was last year, but once again going back to speed, he really could be more deadly breaking into the open field.

Oh, I also forgot to throw in there that Keyton is 6’3, which makes him a nightmare to defend anywhere on the field. So be on the lookout for number 80 on the field this season because he’ll be on the field a lot!

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