Vols’ projected 2021 defensive depth chart 8.0

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Vols’ projected 2021 defensive depth chart 8.0

Josh Heupel was hired as Tennessee’s head coach on Jan. 27.

Heupel hired Tim Banks as his defensive coordinator at Tennessee on Feb. 15.

Banks showcases a 4-2-5 defensive scheme, which is built to defend against spread offenses.

His scheme uses two defensive tackles and a pair of defensive ends. Pressure from Banks’ defense will come upfront.

Linebackers are asked to stop the run, while being responsible for covering tight ends and slot wide receivers.

Banks’ defense will feature two safeties and two cornerbacks.

A VIPER position is added to the defensive rotation, providing a hybrid linebacker/defensive back role, typically on passing downs. A RUSH position is a linebacker on the edge for passing downs.

A LEO is a tweener of a defensive end and a linebacker who can apply pressure on the quarterback as an edge rusher. The position can allow for a 3-4 scheme to have 4-3 tendencies with the same personnel. A LEO is usually on the boundary side.

Vols Wire takes a look at Tennessee’s projected defensive depth chart for 2021.

The 8.0 version comes ahead of SEC media days.

NEXT: Tennessee’s 2021 defensive depth chart projection (Defensive line)

Defensive line

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Tackle

  • Aubrey Solomon

  • Matthew Butler

  • Omari Thomas

  • Dominic Bailey

Nose

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  • Elijah Simmons

  • Aubrey Solomon

  • Kurott Garland

  • DaJon Terry

End

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  • LaTrell Bumphus

  • Caleb Tremblay

  • Ja’Quain Blakely

  • RJ Perry

LEO

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  • Tyler Baron

  • William Mohan

  • Byron Young

  • Bryson Eason

NEXT: Tennessee’s 2021 defensive depth chart projection (Linebackers)

Linebacker

MIKE

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  • Juwan Mitchell

  • Jeremy Banks

  • Martavius French

  • Solon Page III

WILL

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  • Aaron Willis

  • Aaron Beasley

  • William Mohan

  • Kwauze Garland

RUSH

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  • Byron Young

  • Roman Harrison

  • Morven Joseph

  • Tyler Baron

VIPER

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  • Tamarion McDonald

  • William Mohan

  • Jaylen McCollough

  • Kaemen Marley

NEXT: Tennessee’s 2020 defensive depth chart projection (Defensive backs)

Defensive backfield

NICKEL

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  • Theo Jackson

  • Kamal Hadden

  • Doneiko Slaughter

  • De’Shawn Rucker

Corner-1

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  • Warren Burrell

  • Kenneth George Jr.

  • Christian Charles

  • Romello Edwards

Corner-2

Alontae Taylor
Alontae Taylor

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  • Alontae Taylor

  • Brandon Turnage

  • Kamal Hadden

  • Trel Riley

Strong safety

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  • Jaylen McCollough

  • Tamarion McDonald

  • Cheyenne Labruzza

  • Kaemen Marley

Free safety

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  • Trevon Flowers

  • Tyus Fields

  • Doneiko Slaughter

  • De’Shawn Rucker