THE FIVE BIGGEST SURPRISES OF 2007: #5 - LUCAS TAYLOR

What was the biggest question going into the 2007 Tennessee Volunteer football season? Wide receivers. Gone were Robert Meachem, Jayson Swain, and Bret Smith. Taking their place were . . . well, we didn't really know who would take their place.

Then, just before the first game, tight end Brad Cottam, the player with the most experience catching passes, went down with a significant wrist injury and would be out for most of the season. All we knew about the true receivers going into the first game against Cal was this:

Right now, it appears that the receivers that will be making the trip to Cal are senior Casey Woods, juniors Josh Briscoe and Lucas Taylor, sophomores Quintin Hancock and Austin Rogers, and newcomers Kenny O’Neal (RTT#17), Denarius Moore (RTT#14), Brent Vinson (RTT#3), and Ahmad Paige (RTT#4). Gerald Jones (RTT#7) probably would have been on this list if not for a hamstring injury.

Out of that group, Taylor would prove to be the star. He caught six balls for 103 yards in the first game and never really looked back. Over the course of the season, Taylor had four 100+ yard games, including a 186-yarder against Mississippi State. He scored five touchdowns as a receiver and threw a 56-yard, game-breaking touchdown pass to LaMarcus Coker against Georgia. Woo for Lucas!

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