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Jersey numbers for newcomers, new weights listed on Tennessee’s 2019 spring roster

NCAA Football: Tennesee Practice Caitie McMekin-USA TODAY Sports

Spring football practice opened on Thursday afternoon for Tennessee. That means a fresh look at the roster with updated weights and new numbers. Below you’ll find the highlights.

Number changes

Alontae Taylor: 6 — 2

JJ Peterson: 44 — 6

Josh Palmer: 84 — 5

John Mincey: 59 — 99

Numbers for Newcomers

Eric Gray: 3

Deangelo Gibbs (transfer): 6

Warren Burrell: 14

Tyus Fields: 17

Brian Maurer: 18

Jaylen McCollough: 22

Quavaris Crouch: 27

Wanya Morris: 64

Chris Akporoghene: 77

Ramel Keyton: 80

Jackson Lowe: 82

Aubrey Solomon (transfer): 94

*Note: Solomon and Gibbs are still seeking waivers to play this season from the NCAA

Weight changes

A theme since Jeremy Pruitt arrived at Tennessee was simply getting bigger. The Vols struggled through the 2018 season with players who may not have exactly fit the system from a size standpoint. That’s still a work in progress. After a quick look through the roster, here’s what stood out.

  • Greg Emerson (DL) is up to 310 pounds.
  • Kivon Bennett (OLB) is down to 251 pounds, better suiting his outside role.
  • Kurrott Garland (DL) is up to 303 pounds, which means he gained nearly 30 pounds since the fall.
  • Marcus Tatum and Nathan Niehaus (OL) are up over 300 pounds.
  • John Mincey (DL) is up to 280 pounds after playing in the 260s last season.