Written: Dallas Bowlin
Coming from a position where Tennessee just lost two team leaders in Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway, the Vols are still VERY talented at WR! Let’s give a more detailed look.
Redshirt junior, former 4-star safety, Deangelo Gibbs
First is Georgia transfer Deangelo Gibbs, who was recruited by Georgia as a safety and will be playing WR for the Vols. This is not the first time Gibbs has playEd receiver though, as he played receiver in high school and had 39 receptions for 696 yards with an average 17.8 yards per catch and 8 touchdowns. Gibbs should be a very useful piece for the Vols after sitting out this past season due to transfer rules.
Senior, former three-star, Josh Palmer.
A lot of practice reports throughout the years have claimed that Palmer is one of JG’s go-to receivers, and though in a small sample size, Palmer did show a little bit of why that is last season—catching a career high 34 receptions for 457 yards for an average of 13.4 yards per catch and 1 touchdown. Palmer should be one of the leaders of the WR core this year and hopefully he can get the attention of some NFL scouts with an even better senior season.
Redshirt senior, former three star, Brandon Johnson.
Another player who will hopefully be a locker room leader at least for the WR’s is Brandon Johnson who played four games last year before redshirting. In those four games he scooped up a blocked punt and took it 24 yards to the end zone vs Chattanooga. It was his first time scoring since 2017. For his career at Tennessee, he has a total 60 receptions for 738 yards which gives an average of 12.3 yards per catch and he has caught one touchdown pass.
Grad transfer, former three-star, Velus Jones Jr.
We will call him VJJ for short... VJJ comes as a Grad Transfer from USC, VJJ was the primary kick returner for USC, averaging 24 yards per return on 81 attempts. He returned one kick for a touchdown in 2019 against Fresno State. He finished his WR career at USC with 36 catches for 347 yards with an average of 5.8 yards per catch, and 1 touchdown.
Redshirt sophomore, former three star, Cedric Tillman
For his career Cedric has caught 5 passes for a total of 57 yards. He caught 4 of those 5 passes last year, totaling 4 receptions for 60 yards, giving him an average of 15 yards per catch last year, and a career average of 11.4
Sophomore, former four star, Ramel Keyton.
Ramel appeared in 12 games last year a reserve receiver, finished with 4 catches for 104 yards which is a whopping 26.0 yards per carry. He caught two of his 4 passes in the Gator Bowl against Indiana for 60 yards.
Other WR’s- Redshirt Sophomore Miles Jones, Sophomore Isaiah Montgomery, Sophomore Hudson Clark, Freshman Maceo Thornhill, Redshirt Sophomore JT Siekerman, Redshirt Junior Tanner Dobrucky, Redshirt Junior Grant Frerking, Sophomore Braden Collins.
The Vols have a pretty-veteran heavy-receiving corp. and have some big playmakers who could really help open up the offense this coming year. Whoever is QB1 should have PLENTY of weapons!