KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Could half of the Tennessee football starters from the Orange and White Game not be starters against West Virginia on Sept. 1?
SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy — who shared four years at Alabama with Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt — said he believes that’s the case.
“I think it could be as many as 12, with grad transfers and with the true freshmen they went out and scouted and evaluated and offered and got signed,” McElroy said on WNML SportsTalk on Tuesday. “I would say it could be as many as 12 that were not playing in the spring game that could be starters come the West Virginia game.”
That might seem like a lot, but here is a look at existing players and signees who could — but not necessarily will — become starters who did not play in the spring game:
Potential Tennessee football starters
- QB Keller Chryst
- RB Madre London/Jeremy Banks
- WR Jauan Jennings
- TE Dominick Wood-Anderson
- OL Jahmir Johnson
- OL Trey Smith
- DE Emmit Gooden
- OLB JJ Peterson
- LB Daniel Bituli
- LB Darrin Kirkland Jr.
- FS Todd Kelly Jr.
- K Ryan Tice
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss McElroy’s telling statements and what that could mean for returning Tennessee players.
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