Vols’ projected 2021 offensive depth chart 14.0

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Tennessee will kick off the 2021 season on Sept. 2 against Bowling Green at Neyland Stadium under first-year head coach Josh Heupel.

Following Heupel being hired as Tennessee’s head coach on Jan. 27, Vols Wire has detailed his offensive scheme.

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Josh Heupel’s quarterbacks by the numbers

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Josh Heupel’s wide receivers by the numbers

Josh Heupel’s tight ends by the numbers

Josh Heupel’s linemen, defensive players on offense by the numbers

Vols Wire takes a look at Tennessee’s 2021 offensive depth chart projection. Version 14.0 comes after Tennessee’s second scrimmage during fall training camp.

NEXT: Vols’ projected offensive depth chart (Quarterbacks)

Tennessee’s quarterbacks coach Joey Halzle provides his assessments of the Vols’ signal-callers.

“To me, there’s a huge sense of urgency. You want to start gearing and shaping the offense toward who that guy is and having a plan for who the next one is. Because you, obviously, have to prepare. You have a Plan A, and then you got to have a Plan B, and this time, this COVID thing is still real, so you have to have a Plan C. Maybe a Plan D even, so I would like to get a pecking order as fast as we can. We’re going to give all of those guys a really honest fair shake at this thing early, and then the pressure is on to at least get your top two to a point where you can start to split those reps. We’ll have a really good idea. Like I said, a week or week and a half is my goal, to at least have a top two, maybe three, narrowed down to a top two.” —Vols’ offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Alex Golesh on identifying a quarterback to get more reps during fall training camp

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Quarterback

  • Joe Milton III

  • Hendon Hooker or Harrison Bailey

  • Gaston Moore

“For Joe, Hendon and Harrison, some of it’s tough because you’re not in a live situation, either you have to make a play or you have to get out of the pocket in those types of scenarios. I thought all of them did a great job of taking care of the football, being efficient in calling it. For the most part, I thought their decision making in what we’re doing in the run game and controlling the pass game was pretty solid. At the end of the day, I don’t think we collectively, offensively, strung things together the way that we need to. Some of that is just 11 guys, all doing their job at a really high level. It’s not just one position and one guy, it was a little bit of everything at all points. Through the first seven days, I thought all those guys have competed really well and been really sound decision makers.” — Josh Heupel on the quarterbacks following Tennessee’s first scrimmage during fall training camp

NEXT: Vols’ projected offensive depth chart (Running backs)

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Running back

  • Tiyon Evans

  • Tee Hodge

  • Dee Beckwith

  • Len’Neth Whitehead

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Utility

  • Jabari Small

  • Jaylen Wright

  • Tiyon Evans

  • Fred Orr

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Fullback

  • LaTrell Bumphus

  • Morven Joseph

NEXT: Vols’ projected offensive depth chart (Wide receivers)

“Really any rotation, any position, you want to be as deep as you can be. It’s clear that we run up-tempo offense; we play extremely fast. There’s not going to be a whole lot of time for substitutions, but you would like to be at least two-deep at every single position. Two, or really three or four wideouts on the field every single play — as deep as we can get. We’ve got to, obviously, stay healthy. That’s a big key, a big part of it, but we want to be as deep as you can be.” — Vols’ wide receivers coach Kodi Burns on Tennessee’s depth in the unit

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Wide receiver-X

  • Jalin Hyatt

  • Ramel Keyton

  • Andison Coby

  • JaVonta Payton

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Slot

  • JaVonta Payton

  • Jalin Hyatt

  • Jimmy Calloway

  • Walker Merrill

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Wide receiver-Z

  • Velus Jones Jr.

  • Cedric Tillman

  • Jimmy Holiday

  • Kaemen Marley

NEXT: Vols’ projected offensive depth chart (Tight ends)

“I think that’s the misnomer about what we do offensively. You look at, when we were at Missouri, we set a Power Five record for the fewest amount of zero negative yard plays and then reset the record the following year. When we took over at Missouri, they were 125th in the country in total offense. We ended up leading the league for two straight years in total offense. We’re very balanced in our approach. You look at our numbers, run and pass, we’re extremely balanced, so our ability for us, it really starts with the run game. It starts with the five guys up front, your tight ends, if they’re playing. They’re located in the core. Then our running backs have to be great with the football in their hands. That is a position that we’re relatively young at, were hit by the transfer portal, but really like the guys that we have on campus.” —Josh Heupel on his offensive philosophies

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Tight end-H

  • Princeton Fant

  • Julian Nixon

  • Miles Campbell

  • Hunter Salmon

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Tight end-F

  • Jacob Warren

  • Miles Campbell

  • Julian Nixon

  • Morven Joseph

NEXT: Vols’ projected offensive depth chart (Offensive line)

Tennessee offensive line coach Glen Elarbee discussed if he has identified any starters on the offensive line yet following five practices during fall training camp.

“I’m going to go old school and say that we have identified no starters since we haven’t had a tackling day in scrimmage and not go down that line just yet, so I can keep the competition in the room the way it needs to be,” he said.

Elarbee mentioned he believes nine or 10 student-athletes could start on the offensive line this season.

“We’re in that nine or 10 range for sure,” Elarbee said. “I really do think that. I feel like every time you step on the field you’ve got to work. If you don’t love the guy next to you enough — if he’s better than you that day and needs to start — shame on you. That makes us better. They’ve all got to buy into that. That’s the only way we’ll have a unit. You come out and have a bad day and you’re not starting the next day, that’s competition and is a good thing for us.”

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Left tackle

  • Darnell Wright

  • Dayne Davis

  • William Parker

  • RJ Perry

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Left guard

  • Jerome Carvin

  • Javontez Spraggins

  • James Robinson

  • Kingston Harris

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Center

  • Cooper Mays

  • Jerome Carvin

  • Parker Ball

  • Ollie Lane

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Right guard

  • Javontez Spraggins

  • Cade Mays

  • Chris Akporoghene

  • Jackson Lampley

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Right tackle

  • Cade Mays

  • Darnell Wright

  • Jeremiah Crawford

  • RJ Perry

“I think Darnell is really natural on the left side of it. For him, he’s athletic and has the ability to bend. He has the chance to be an elite pass protector, as well. Overall, we feel good about where those two guys are at on the edges.” — Josh Heupel on Darnell Wright and Cade Mays following Tennessee’s first scrimmage during fall training camp