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Tennessee adds former USC DL Caleb Tremblay

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee has added a body up front on the defensive line, landing USC transfer Caleb Tremblay. Josh Heupel mentioned defensive line as “a place where they could add some depth” following the Orange and White Game. Just days later, they’ve done just that.

Tremblay made his announcement on Thursday afternoon.

The Volunteers have plenty of veteran depth at defensive tackle on the roster, but Darel Middleton and Aubrey Solomon were not available to play during the spring game. Tennessee also released KaTron Evans from his NLI last week. The more pressing need is at defensive end, where Tremblay will likely land in Knoxville.

Tremblay stands in at 6-5, 270 pounds. He played three seasons for the Trojans after signing with USC out of the JUCO ranks. Tremblay has one season of eligibility remaining.

In three years at USC, Tremblay is credited with 21 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks. He joins former trojans Velus Jones Jr. and kicker Chase McGrath on Tennessee’s roster.

Tremblay was a four-star prospect in the 2018 recruiting cycle, ranking as the 12th overall player in the JUCO ranks. He will now have one season of college football remaining, where he figures to be a valuable depth piece up front for defensive line coach Rodney Garner.

Byron Young, Tyler Baron and Roman Harrison will join Tremblay in trying to generate a pass rush this fall — an area in desperate need of some production.

Look for Tennessee to shift its focus to the inside linebacker spot next.