KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Reports that graduate transfer cornerback Shaq Wiggins is currently visiting Mississippi State has been cause for an Orange Alert of the Tennessee football variety.
The Vols can’t afford to lose out on Wiggins, a crafty 22-year-old veteran who could make all the difference for Tennessee’s defense.
The Vols are lacking in consistency and proven talent at the cornerback position, and there’s only so much secondary coaches Bob Shoop and Charlton Warren can do if the squad lacks playmakers.
Tennessee is counting on Wiggins — who began his career at Georgia before transferring to and graduating from Louisville — to play a key role.
Vols’ rising senior Justin Martin received the Andy Spiva Award this spring, which goes to the most improved defensive player.
But Martin has been shaky in big games, giving up big plays and missing assignments at crucial times.
Emmanuel Moseley, another returning senior, suffered a shoulder injury and was one of 23 Tennessee players to miss the Orange and White Game.
Coach Butch Jones said he expected all of the players who missed the Orange and White Game to begin workouts after Memorial day, when the incoming freshmen will have reported.
The Jackson Clarion Ledger reported that Wiggins visit to Starkville began on Sunday and is expected to be at Mississippi State until “at least Monday night.”
Wiggins played for Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham at Georgia and again at Louisville.
Like Tennessee, Mississippi State struggled in its secondary, allowing more passing yards per game (281.5) than any SEC team.
Wiggins announced his commitment to the Vols on April 26, but he has yet to report to Knoxville.