Depth-chart changes

Depth-chart changes

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But what happens in spring football practice ... well, that doesn't stay in place for very long.

Consider the upheaval in Tennessee's depth chart between the end of spring practice last April and the end of the regular season in November:

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Senior Austin Rogers, who finished spring practice backing up Gerald Jones at one of the receiver spots, tore an ACL during the summer and missed the entire season.

Junior Brandon Warren, who caught two touchdown passes in the Orange & White Game and appeared to be a potential go-to receiver, was dismissed from the team at midseason for "conduct detrimental to the team." He caught seven passes for 54 yards before his dismissal.

Junior Nick Reveiz, who finished spring practice as the No. 1 middle linebacker, started just four games before a torn ACL ended his season prematurely. He recorded 27 stops and 4.5 tackles for loss before the injury.

Savion Frazier, who finished spring ball as the No. 2 weakside linebacker, became the No. 1 middle linebacker when Reveiz went down. Frazier suffered a season-ending knee injury of his own four games later, however. He had 38 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 3 hurries before being sidelined.

DEPTH-CHART RISERS

Junior Luke Stocker, the No. 2 tight end coming out of spring practice, advanced to first team with a strong preseason and started all 12 games. He finished with 27 catches for 370 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman Aaron Douglas, the No. 2 right tackle coming out of spring ball, worked his way into the lineup by Game 4 and started the final nine games. In just his sixth college start he was voted SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Memphis.

Senior Cody Sullins, a former walk-on, finished spring practice as the No. 2 center but advanced to first-team in preseason and started all 12 games.

Senior Cory Sullins, Cody's twin brother and another former walk-on, finished spring practice as the No. 2 left guard but moved to No. 1 in Game 4 and started the final nine regular-season games.

Junior Dennis Rogan, the No. 2 left cornerback coming out of spring practice, wound up starting 11 of 12 regular-season games - two at free safety and nine at left corner. His stats included 63 tackles and 6 pass breakups.

Junior Gerald Williams finished spring ball as the No. 3 left end. He started the first two games, however, and was a key reserve in the remaining 10. He finished the regular season with 13 tackles, 5 hurries and 3 pass breakups.

Redshirt freshman Herman Lathers, listed No. 2 at middle linebacker coming out of spring practice, ended up starting the final three regular-season games because of injuries to Nick Reveiz and Savion Frazier. He registered 20 solos and 20 assists.

Devin Mathis, who wasn't even on the team last spring, wound up being the No. 1 placement specialist in Games 11 and 12. He was 2 for 2 on field goals, hitting a 25-yarder vs. Vanderbilt and a 30-yarder vs. Kentucky.

Sophomore Anthony Anderson, the No. 3 left cornerback when spring practice ended, bounced back to start vs. Vanderbilt. He finished regular-season play with 6 solos, 2 assists and 3 pass breakups.

Senior Andre Mathis was the No. 4 left defensive tackle at the conclusion of spring drills but wound up starting vs. Ohio U. He finished with 1 solo and 3 assists for the season.

DEPTH-CHART FALLERS

Senior Jeff Cottam, the No. 1 tight end as spring practice concluded, slipped to No. 2 in preseason and remained there all fall. He finished with three catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore Tauren Poole, seemingly entrenched as the No. 2 tailback when spring ball concluded, slipped to No. 4 after freshmen Bryce Brown and David Oku joined the mix. He carried seven times for 70 yards, a hefty 10.0 per-carry average.

Junior Jarrod Shaw came out of spring practice listed No. 1 at right tackle but slipped to No. 2 after starting the first three games.

Redshirt freshman Steven Fowlkes, the No. 2 right defensive end when spring practice concluded, slipped to No. 3 once the true freshmen reported. He finished with 1 solo and 2 assists.

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