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Game Week: Tennessee Depth Chart

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Outback Bowl - Northwestern v Tennessee Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

The Vols play on Thursday, which means Saturday is Monday, which means Game Week is here and with it the first official depth chart for Team 120:

POS 1st Team 2nd Team
QB Josh Dobbs Quinten Dormady
RB Jalen Hurd Alvin Kamara
WR Josh Smith Tyler Byrd
WR Josh Malone Marquez Callaway
WR Preston Williams/Jauan Jennings Jeff George
TE Ethan Wolf Jason Croom
LT Drew Richmond Marcus Tatum
LG Jashon Robertson Venzell Boulware
C Coleman Thomas Dylan Wiesman
RG Dylan Wiesman Jack Jones
RT Brett Kendrick Coleman Thomas
DE Derek Barnett Jonathan Kongbo
DT Kendal Vickers Shy Tuttle
DT Danny O'Brien Kahlil McKenzie
DE Corey Vereen LaTroy Lewis
LB Jalen Reeves-Mabin Cortez McDowell/Quart'e Sapp
LB Darrin Kirkland Jr. Colton Jumper
CB Cameron Sutton Baylen Buchanan/Marquill Osborne
CB Emmanuel Moseley Justin Martin
NB Malik Foreman/Rashaan Gaulden Malik Foreman/Rashaan Gaulden
FS Micah Abernathy Nigel Warrior
SS Todd Kelly Jr. Stephen Griffin/Evan Berry

No major surprises here, but a couple of noteworthy items:

  • Nothing to upset the veterans at wide receiver with Josh Malone, Josh Smith, and Preston Williams OR Jauan Jennings (who isn’t 100%) in the starting lineup. But it’s freshman, freshman, JUCO behind them, and given Tennessee’s past desires to involve a multitude at the position, we’ll get a look at the newcomers right away.
  • With Chance Hall still recovering for another few weeks, offensive tackle becomes the most vulnerable position to injury heading into week one. Tennessee lists a true freshman as the backup at left tackle and the starting center as the backup at right tackle. Multiple injuries at the same position would hurt most teams, but if it happens to these Vols we’ll again have to talk about the few steps of a rebuild yet to be accomplished in having quality on your three-deep.
  • An early advantage for LaTroy Lewis and Jonathan Kongbo at defensive end on the second team over Kyle Phillips and Darrell Taylor. But that position is a great example of how you’d like your depth chart to ultimately look everywhere.
  • Micah Abernathy was far and away the least discussed name of the off-season among these 22 starters, yet there he is at free safety without the OR. Good for him. Now we get to see how long he can hold off Nigel Warrior.
  • Meanwhile Rashaan Gaulden shifts back to nickel for now, thanks in large part to the play of Abernathy and Warrior at safety, where the Vols can roll with him or Malik Foreman and feel very good about things in the secondary.

Any major takeaways for you on this depth chart?