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Tennessee releases 2016 depth chart ahead of season opener

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Tennessee released its two-deep 2016 depth chart Saturday ahead of this week’s season opener against Appalachian State.

According to Volunteers coach Butch Jones, the depth chart, which didn’t have many surprises, was just for organizational purposes.

“These are developmental positions,” Jones said Saturday. “There may be some individuals that may be aren’t game-ready right now for game one … but they may be ready for game four, game five.”

Even if the depth chart is for organizational use only, it does provide a picture of how the Vols likely will look on the field this season.

Currently, the depth chart shows just that – depth. The Vols’ backups this year play host to names like Khalil McKenzie, Shy Tuttle, Tyler Byrd and Alvin Kamara, among others.

“Honestly, this is the most we’ve had since I’ve been here, personally,” said senior Corey Vereen, a starting defensive end. “It’s very good to know that everyone is going to be contributing and that we have a lot of weapons out there.”

With would-be starting right tackle Chance Hall out 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury, the Vols looked towards redshirt sophomore Brent Kendrick to step into that role at tackle. Dylan Weisman, starting right guard, is the only senior starting on the offensive line. Jashon Robertson (left guard), Coleman Thomas (center), Kendrick and Drew Richmond (left tackle) are all sophomores and freshmen.

The Vols seemed to have a revolving door at receiver throughout the offseason and during practices, but Saturday’s depth chart shined some light on the issue.

Josh Malone and either Preston Williams or Jauan Jennings will be the top two receivers followed by Josh Smith lined up in the slot. Jeff George, Marquez Callaway and Tyler Byrd are currently listed as backups.

“Everywhere I’ve been, you want to be about 8-10 deep at the wide receiver position,” Jones said. “I do see all the players getting better.”

Todd Kelly Jr. and Micah Abernathy will make up the safety positions with Stephen Griffin and Evan Berry backin up Kelly and Nigel Warrior being Abernathy’s backup. Emmanuel Moseley will play corner opposite of Cam Sutton with a combination of Malik Foreman and Rashaan Gaulden at the nickel position.

Berry and Sutton will continue their roll of returning kickoffs and punts respectively this year as well.

Tennessee kicks off against Appalachian State at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday. A fan pep rally will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Neyland Stadium’s Gate 21.

 

Here’s a look at Tennessee’s complete depth chart:

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK

  1. 11 Joshua Dobbs, Sr.
  1. 12 Quinten Dormady, So. OR 2 Jarrett Guarantano, Fr.

RUNNING BACK

  1. 1 Jalen Hurd, Jr.
  1. 6 Alvin Kamara, R-Jr.

WIDE RECEIVER

  1. 3 Josh Malone, Jr.
  1. 9 Marquez Callaway, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER

  1. 25 Josh Smith, R-Jr.
  1. 10 Tyler Byrd, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER

  1. 7 Preston Williams, So. OR 15 Jauan Jennings

TIGHT END

  1. 82 Ethan Wolf, Jr.
  1. 18 Jason Croom, R-Sr.

LEFT TACKLE

  1. 51 Drew Richmond, R-Fr.
  1. 68 Marcus Tatum, Fr.

LEFT GUARD

  1. 75 Jashon Robertson, Jr.
  1. 50 Venzell Boulware, R-Fr.

CENTER

  1. 55 Coleman Thomas, Jr.
  1. 71 Dylan Wiesman, Sr.

RIGHT GUARD

  1. 71 Dylan Wiesman, Sr.
  1. 66 Jack Jones, So.

RIGHT TACKLE

  1. 63 Brett Kendrick, R-Jr.
  1. 55 Coleman Thomas, Jr.

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE END

  1. 9 Derek Barnett, Jr.
  1. 1 Jonathan Kongbo, R-So.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

  1. 39 Kendal Vickers, R-Jr.
  1. 2 Shy Tuttle, So.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

  1. 95 Danny O’Brien, R-Sr.
  1. 99 Kahlil McKenzie, So.

DEFENSIVE END

  1. 50 Corey Vereen, Sr.
  1. 4 LaTroy Lewis, R-Sr.

WILL LINEBACKER

  1. 21 Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Sr.
  1. 20 Cortez McDowell, Jr. OR 14 Quart’e Sapp, R-Fr.

MIKE LINEBACKER

  1. 34 Darrin Kirkland Jr., So.
  1. 53 Colton Jumper, Jr.

CORNERBACK

  1. 23 Cameron Sutton, Sr.
  1. 28 Baylen Buchanan, Fr. OR 3 Marquill Osborne, Fr.

CORNERBACK

  1. 12 Emmanuel Moseley, Jr.
  1. 8 Justin Martin, Jr.

NICKELBACK

  1. 13 Malik Foreman, Sr. OR 7 Rashaan Gaulden, R-So.

SAFETY

  1. 24 Todd Kelly Jr.
  1. 26 Stephen Griffin, So. OR 29 Evan Berry, Jr.

SAFETY

  1. 22 Micah Abernathy, So.
  1. 18 Nigel Warrior, Fr.

SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKER

  1. 25 Aaron Medley, Jr.
  1. 43 Laszlo Toser, R-Fr.

PUNTER

  1. 93 Trevor Daniel, R-Jr.

KICKOFF SPECIALIST

  1. 25 Aaron Medley, Jr.
  1. 43 Laszlo Toser, R-Fr.

LONG SNAPPER

  1. 46 Riley Lovingood, R-Fr.
  1. 52 Elijah Medford, R-So.

HOLDER

  1. 31 Parker Henry, R-So.

KICK RETURNER

  1. 29 Evan Berry, Jr.
  1. 6 Alvin Kamara, R-Jr.

PUNT RETURNER

  1. 23 Cameron Sutton, Sr.

(Trenton Duffer covers Tennessee for GN. You can follow him on Twitter @trenton_duffer)

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