If you were looking for some rock solid answers on the Tennessee depth chart ahead of the opener against South Carolina, well — sorry.
The Tennessee staff didn’t answer many questions today, releasing a depth chart filled with -or- designations, as usual ahead of week one. The tight end position lists three options, the backup quarterback position has three options and almost no true freshmen appear on the chart.
Cade Mays, who is awaiting final clearance from the SEC, was not listed.
The 2020 “Unofficial Depth Chart” is out. There is no Cade Mays and some of this is a bit of window dressing imo. Who plays Saturday will look different imo. pic.twitter.com/rBNsPcog5S— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) September 22, 2020
Quite honestly, there aren’t too many takeaways from this. Maybe the biggest thing was the lack of true freshmen on the depth chart, but as Austin Price points out, things will likely look different on Saturday night.
Guys like Key Lawrence, Tyler Baron, Morven Joseph and a handful of young receivers each should play into the gameplan for Pruitt and his staff. But of course, they’re not required to tell us who they’re going to play, so why give South Carolina a heads up?
The most settled position is probably running back and cornerback, followed by the offensive line. Wanya Morris and Jahmir Johnson have been battling through camp, and if last year is any indication, you can expect both to see plenty of playing time during the opener. Jerome Carvin is listed as the starter at right guard, but that will likely change if Cade Mays gets the green light.
The only other notable camp battle we’ve had has been at linebacker, where Quavaris Crouch and Jeremy Banks have been trying to earn a spot alongside of Henry To’o To’o. Both are listed as co-starters, but considering Tennessee’s lack of experience there, both will see plenty of action all year long.
What stands out to you?