Two Tennessee players were named to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman Team on Thursday: offensive lineman Chance Hall and linebacker Darrin Kirkland, Jr.
The pair both played key roles in helping the Vols to an 8-4 record and a berth in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.
Hall was called to duty at right tackle after a rash of injuries on Tennessee’s offensive line. The Roanoke, Va., native played in nine and started the last six consecutive contests to end the season. He wasn’t expected to play extensively this season.
Kirkland Jr., however, was definitely expected to contribute as a freshman after the Vols lost 2014 senior starter A.J. Johnson. Although Kirkland Jr. was a bit slow to assume a starting position, he eventually started nine games for the Vols.
The Indianapolis, Ind., native registered 60 tackles (fourth on team) with five tackles for a loss and two sacks, an interception and five quarterback hurries.