In less than 90 days, it will be football time in Tennessee once again. Like many Vol fans, I am incredibly excited about this upcoming season. While the Vols will be losing wideouts Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway, this will not be a problem for Jim Chaney’s offense.
One of the things I am the most excited about this season is the offensive line. This O-Line is one of the most talented groups Tennessee has had in the last 10 years. In fact, Tennessee will have the best offensive line in the Southeastern Conference. Back in January, Trey Smith announced that he was returning for his senior season.
Smith is regarded by many as one of the best guards in the country and is expected to be a first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. OL coach Will Friend and Tennessee were also thrilled when Georgia OL Cade Mays announced that he was heading back to Knoxville in early January.
Mays played every offensive line position for the Bulldogs in the 2019 season. The Knoxville native saw six starts at right guard, two at right tackle, two at left guard, and one at left tackle. If eligible, he will add even more talent and depth to the Vols’ line. It should excite Vol fans that Tennessee is adding a lineman that is able to play any position.
Tennessee will also have Brandon Kennedy start at center. Kennedy started every game at center in 2019 and will bring a veteran presence that will be needed. However, I think most, including myself, are excited about the sophomore duo of Wanya Morris and Darnell Wright.
Morris started all 12 games last season and earned several Freshman All-American honors. Wright managed to start six games at right tackle last season. Both lineman made the Freshman All-SEC team last fall and are expected to be one of the most reliable duos on the O-Line.
Redshirt junior K’Rojhn Calbert and redshirt senior Jamir Johnson will both add experience and depth for the Vols at the tackle positions. With the amount of talent and experience on the O-Line, the Vols should have the best pass and rush protection in the SEC and one of the best in college football.