Tight Ends: Summer series on Tennessee football in Vince’s View

By Vince Ferrara

Tight Ends at Tennessee is today’s early summer position focus as I look at the Tennessee football team.

This is the 4th in a series of nine straight days of separate posts by position. Check my blog page daily here at SportsRadioWNML.com for the other positions.

My current projected starters are in bold. I’ve listed the average star rating entering college from the four major recruiting websites (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN.)

Vince’s View

Tight Ends/H-Backs
82        Ethan Wolf                           SR      6’6       245     3*
44        Jakob Johnson                    SR      6’3       250     3*
80        Eli Wolf                                  R-SO  6’4       216 *walk-on
–           LaTrell Bumphus                 FR       6’4       245     3*
81        Austin Pope                          R-FR  6’4       230     3*
84        James Brown                        FR       6’4       220     3*

Position summary:  Ethan Wolf (21 rec., 2 TDs in 2016) is one of the most irreplaceable players on the roster. There’s no one behind him that’s like him, as good as him or as experienced as him. That includes his younger, smaller brother Eli. Johnson is a blocking HB/TE who’s a force on special teams, Bumphus is an incoming freshman with the frame to best rise up the depth chart if he develops. Pope is rarely mentioned by coaches. Brown is a raw and undersized freshman TE.

If Wolf stays healthy, cuts down on his drops and the wide receiver position develops to allow him more space in coverage, he could be one of the SEC’s best TEs. New OC Larry Scott still coaches the TEs, so that will only help Wolf shot at getting the football in the passing game.

Hope you enjoyed my review of the University of Tennessee football tight ends as we sit here in June. Go to my blog page for the rest of the position breakdowns. I have much more to say on UT football than this. Listen for me on Sports Radio WNML, call in and let’s talk some football. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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