Vols’ depth at safety starts with Jaylen McCollough

Third-year defensive coordinator Tim Banks met with media ahead of the Vols’ 2023 season-opening contest versus Virginia on Sept. 2 (noon EDT, ABC).

Banks discussed the depth of Tennessee’s safety position ahead of playing Virginia.

“I think it starts with Tank (Jaylen McCollough),” Banks said. “He’s obviously played a lot of football for us around here. Wesley Walker played a ton of snaps last year, as well for us, at some STAR and some safety. Jourdan Thomas was also a special teams guy who did a tremendous job for us last season that we think will be able to help us. Christian Charles is rotating in from corner, to safety, to STAR, so we feel like we have some guys. Andre Turrentine, we feel like he’s got a chance to be able to help the team.

“I think we have really good depth there, obviously we don’t have the guys that have played as many snaps as (Trevon) Flowers played the year before outside of Tank, but we think collectively, we have a good group of guys to work with. We are excited to watch those guys play and perform.”

McCollough enters his fifth season at Tennessee in 2023. He appeared in 47 games for the Vols from 2019-22, recording 183 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, two sacks, three interceptions, 14 pass deflections and one forced fumble.

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