Breaking down Tennessee’s defensive depth chart versus Ball State

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Tennessee will kick off its 2022 season Thursday against Ball State at Neyland Stadium under second-year head coach Josh Heupel.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. EDT and SEC Network will televise the season-opening matchup.

Tennessee went 7-6 (4-4 SEC) in 2021 under Heupel.

Tennessee reached the postseason for the first time since 2019, losing 48-45 in overtime against Purdue in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl.

Tennessee’s 2022 regular season schedule also features home games against Akron, Florida, Alabama, UT Martin, Kentucky and Missouri.

The Vols have road contests at Pittsburgh in the second edition of the Johnny Majors Classic, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Tennessee released its depth chart Monday for the Ball State game. Below is a breakdown of the Vols’ Week 1 defensive projected starters.

LEO: Byron Young

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Defensive tackle: Kurott Garland or Bryson Eason

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Defensive tackle: Omari Thomas

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Defensive end: Tyler Baron

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MLB: Juwan Mitchell or Aaron Beasley

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WLB: Jeremy Banks

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Cornerback: Warren Burrell

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CB: Christian Charles or Kamal Hadden

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STAR: Tamarion McDonald

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Safety: Jaylen McCollough

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Safety: Trevon Flowers

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Story originally appeared on Vols Wire