Tennessee got another piece of good news yesterday, learning that a key offensive lineman had received a medical redshirt for the 2017 season. Marcus Tatum announced on Twitter that he did in fact gain a year of eligibility back after appearing in just four games last season.
sophomore— Marcus Tatum (@AsapTatum) June 14, 2018
The 20 year old former four-star recruit certainly will have a shot to start for the Vols this year as the offensive line picture remains very much up in the air. Tatum started three games at right tackle after Chance Hall went down with an injury in camp last season. He remained a part of the rotation, but eventually saw his season end due to injury.
Tatum now gets that season back and will be listed as a redshirt sophomore.
He will be competing for a starting spot with Chance Hall, Drew Richmond, Devante Brooks and potentially others as Will Friend attempts to find the right combination up front for Tennessee. Even if he doesn’t win that starting job, depth up front is something that you can never have enough of — as we know all too well.