KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee juniors John Kelly and Jauan Jennings have proven they can compete at the SEC level, but after the first-string running back and returning leading receiver, the Vols have more questions than answers.
Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss Tennessee’s lack of depth at running back and receiver, and why it’s so important that incoming freshmen at both positions are able to compete and play right away.
The Vols are hoping for big things out of sophomore backup Carlin Fils-aime, but he’s listed at 180 pounds and there’s some question as to how many carries between the tackles he has in him for a given season.
The Vols’ tailback depth was tested last year as Jalen Huard and Alvin Kamara both missed multiple games with injuries, and Fils-aime was injured in fall camp.
At receiver, sophomores Tyler Byrd and Brandon Johnson showed promise for the Vols, but there are some who believe Byrd is ultimately better-suited to play cornerback, and Johnson is out this spring after undergoing shoulder surgery.