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Brandon Johnson redshirt offsets Vols attrition at WR

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By taking a redshirt, Brandon Johnson helps Tennessee football’s future at wide receiver. The Volunteers can reload at the position in 2020.

This was always a concern. We keep hearing about how young Tennessee football is and how much they need to rebuild under Jeremy Pruitt, but the Vols would have to replace all of their top receivers next year as they got better everywhere else.

Such a drop-off at one unit can be devastating. Just look at what the defensive line has been going through this year. That would have happened at receiver next year were it not for one genius move that Jeremy Pruitt made this week.

Pruitt said Wednesday that senior wide receiver Brandon Johnson, who has only played in four games this year, will take a redshirt. Johnson is stuck behind Callaway, Jennings and Josh Palmer. For the year, he has two catches for 31 yards. In 2018, he had 14 receptions for 132 yards. His only touchdown the past two years is a blocked punt that he returned.

So it makes sense to redshirt Johnson. And the good news for Tennessee football is we know what Johnson can do. Amidst a disastrous 2017 season that saw the Vols go 4-8, Johnson still managed to lead the team in receiving with 37 receptions for 482 yards. At 6’2″ 195 pounds, he’s a proven wideout who can play.

By taking a redshirt, he and Palmer will be able to once again make up an experienced cast of wideouts next year, as Palmer certainly isn’t leaving early for the NFL given his numbers so far. That’s a drop-off from Jennings and Callaway, but it’s not as major of a drop-off as the defensive line was this year.

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Glad they made this move. I mean with Callaway and Jennings gone, the Vols will need some depth

 

 

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