I have said from day one after watching my first practice at the University of Tennessee that there were some very talented freshmen talent on this team.
Lane Kiffin and his coaching staff apparently agreed with me.
In the two deep depth chart recently released, it’s apparent that several talented freshmen will be counted on to help turn this Volunteer Football program around.
Bryce Brown, the No. 1 running back in the nation coming out of high school, was named Co. No 1 running back with senior Montario Hardesty. Is this surprising? Not really. Brown has overcome two obstacles during fall camp.
One from the NCAA and the other from a hip injury, he has overcome both to perhaps to be one of the first true freshmen to start at the tailback position at Rocky Top in some time.
While there are several sets of Co starters, there is one freshman that is standing on his own.
Nu’Keese Richardson will be the starter at one of the wide out positions, with Brandon Warren being his back up. Richardson is one of the most talented athletes that this writer has had the privilege of watching in some time. He is smooth, he is unfazed and un intimidated He will do special things at UT before his career is over.
Montori Hughes is also listed as the Co No. 1 starter at the defensive nose tackle position with senior Dan Williams.
p>The next freshman that has earned a Co No. 1 spot is defensive back Mike Edwards. Edwards has been one of my favorites in fall camp, it was evident early that this young man would play somewhere. He is listed as the co-starter along with sophomore Anthony Anderson.
The last freshman to make the list is Janzen Jackson at free safety. Jackson was named the Co No. 1 starter along with Dennis Rogan.
Other freshmen that made the two deep but not as a starter includes Marsalis Teague at wide out, Greg King at linebacker and Darren Myles at strong safety.
So the question to consider is has the talent level on this team this low, or is it that this recruiting class was that talented.
Out of these five standout co starters or starter, you have one five star, three four stars and one two star with Montori Hughes (we blew that rating).
The answer to the question above, this class is this talented and if this coaching staff could do this in less than two months, what’s going to happen with this next recruiting class.
Kiffin made a statement to his team and to every high school prospect in the country with this two deep chart.
“The best player will play at the University of Tennessee no matter of your classification.”
A complete two deep roster can be found in the Rocky Top News Message Board Forum, come over and discuss your thoughts on the subject.