The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30 at the start of the college football regular season.
93. Ja'Wuan James, No. 70, Tennessee Offensive Tackle
2011 stats: Started all 12 games for Tennessee at right tackle.
James has been around the block. Since stepping foot on campus before the 2010 season, he has started every game (25 games) at right tackle. He was named as a freshman All-SEC performer following his freshman year in 2010, and helped the Vols finish third in the SEC in sacks allowed in 2011, when they gave up just 18 on the season.
Tennessee's running game was beyond abysmal last season, and the offensive line shares part of that blame. The Vols averaged just 90.08 yards per game last season, 34 yards per game fewer than their closest competitor in the SEC—Kentucky with 124.17 yards per game.
Tennessee's offensive line has had plenty of time to gel, and 2012 is supposed to be the year that everything comes together. The Vols have weapons galore on the outside, but it won't matter much if they can't get the running game going. James was voted by the coaches as a freshman All-SEC performer in 2010, and should contend for All-SEC status in 2012.