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College Football Preview: Best of the Rest: Tennessee Volunteers

39. Tennessee Volunteers
QB Matt Simms- Senior
TB Tauren Poole- Senior
WR Zach Rogers- Junior
DT Malik Jackson- Senior
S Prentiss Waggner- Junior
S Janzen Jackson- Junior
Tennessee has struggled the past few seasons but looks solid in 2011. Quarterback Matt Simms returns for his senior season but he will miss tight end Luke Stocker who was one of his top options. Simms is the starter for now but don't think Tennessee won't give sophomore Tyler Bray a look. He'll likely be the starter next year and they might want to develope him. Simms is smart and has a good arm. He won't wow anyone but he's effective and he gets the work done. The ground game is also strong with senior tailback Tauren Poole. Poole has good speed and can catch out of the backfield. No more fullback Kevin Cooper may hurt but that means Channing Fugate will start. He is powerful like every fullback. Wide out Zach Rogers returns making him the top option. Sophomore Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers are also going to get balls. The offensive line is okay too. Tackle Dallas Thomas, center Darin Gooch and Ja'Wuan James will keep opposing defensive players from attacking Simms and Poole. The defense is good especially in the back. The defensive line is good also with tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson is big in the middle and can pass rush. Montori Hughes will also be strong in the middle after returning. End Corey Miller and Jacques Smith are both sophomores and have to step it up. Herman Lathers is the only returning starter in the linebacker unit. Thanks to Janzen Jackson and Prentiss Waggner the secondary is the strongest part of this Tennessee team. Both are speedy and can hit hard.

Heisman Hopeful: Tauren Poole
SEC Rank: 9th

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