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Tennessee Football: The most important players of 2017 - #8 Shaq Wiggins

Another newcomer makes the list.

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Our countdown continues with another new face to Tennessee football in 2017 — Shaq Wiggins. Wiggins is a graduate transfer from Louisville with one year of football eligibility left. He started his college career at Georgia, before hitting Louisville and now Tennessee. He is expected to start immediately at a position that the Vols need some help at. Here’s what our staff had to say about Wiggins.

Terry Lambert: #8

Virtually no part of the Tennessee defense (outside of Derek Barnett) was any good last season. The secondary was entirely too inconsistent last year, matching Tennessee’s rush defense. Outside of Cameron Sutton, there really wasn’t a guy that the Vols could trust in man coverage. I’m hopeful that Shaq Wiggins can change that. He’s a little bit of an unknown for Tennessee fans right now, but he’s going to bring experience and stability to a group that desperately needs it.

Conner Knapp: Unranked

Shaq Wiggins had a successful season at Louisville in 2015 before injuries hampered him for much of last year. Assuming he remains healthy, his veteran presence alongside fellow senior Todd Kelly, Jr. will help bolster the Tennessee secondary and add experience to the group.

Evan Winter: #8

Wiggins comes to Tennessee with a lot of expectations - whether they are fair or not. He's followed defensive coordinator Todd Grantham his entire career, so it'll be interesting to see how effective he can be in a new system. Regardless, he brings much needed experience and talent to the defensive backfield