Cole Cubelic’s study of the SEC’s offensive lines wrapped up this week with his final individual position rankings. The SEC Network analyst placed Brandon Kennedy and Trey Smith inside of his center and guard rankings, while assessing Tennessee as the second best offensive line in the SEC and fourth best in the country.
On Friday, Cubelic added Wanya Morris to that list. Morris checked in a fifth in his rankings of the top tackles in the conference, coming in behind Alex Leatherwood, Landon Young, Darrin Kinnard and Carson Green.
MY top 5 SEC tackles for 2020: pic.twitter.com/GKWagnsEci— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) June 26, 2020
The former five-star prospect was one of the stars of the 2019 cycle, giving Tennessee an early commitment to build off of. Morris ended up being joined by fellow five-star prospect Darnell Wright in the class, giving the Volunteers a couple of bookend tackles to build with.
Morris started right away at perhaps the most important of the five offensive line positions — left tackle. The Georgia native stayed put for the entire season, adjusting to life in the SEC and gaining tons of valuable reps as the Vols pieced together an eight win season. He took his lumps early on, simply getting used to the speed and the level of talent that he was going up against.
Now Morris is an important piece of the strongest part of the Tennessee roster. The Volunteers will be leaning on that offensive front this year after bringing back Trey Smith and Brandon Kennedy, while also adding Georgia transfer Cade Mays. Tennessee should have an old school feel this fall as they try to pound the rock with Eric Gray and Ty Chandler.
Morris — and Wright too — will be vital keys to that puzzle as each guy tries to take the next step this offseason.