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Tennessee names captains for opening game against Georgia Tech

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Tennessee has announced their captains for their opener on Monday night against Georgia Tech.

Running back John Kelly, linebacker Cortez McDowell, defensive tackle Kendal Vickers and center Jashon Robertson will serve as captains for opening night. Kelly is the lone junior to be named a captain.

Robertson will move from guard to center this year as freshman Trey Smith takes over his spot at guard. McDowell will join senior Colton Jumper as a starter at linebacker following Darrin Kirkland Jr.’s season-ending injury.

Kelly is expected to be the key piece in Tennessee’s offense. We named him our No. 1 most important player during the offseason.