KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s “Next Man Up” mantra is back in effect after the sudden departure of sophomore receiver Preston Williams.
The No. 9-ranked Vols (5-1, 2-1 SEC) play host to No. 1-ranked Alabama (6-0. 3-0) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in their fourth consecutive nationally televised CBS affair.
Tennessee is looking to break a nine-game losing streak against the Crimson Tide and remain in control of the SEC East Division.
The Vols are moving forward without Williams, a former 5-star recruit from Lovejoy, Ga., who had slipped into reserve status after opening the season as a starter.
Jauan Jennings bypassed Williams on the depth chart, and last Saturday Williams failed to make a catch at Texas A&M.
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discussed the departure of Williams and provided updates on Tennessee’s game with Alabama in Thursday’s podcast.