Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Izauea Lanier has been ruled ineligible for the entire 2012 season. He and Prentiss Waggner were going to make a formidable cornerback duo, but now the Vols have an open spot on the starting defensive lineup.
So who could fill it?
The battle for the job throughout summer workouts and fall practice will be one to follow for the Vols. In what has become a strong back seven (or eight in the 3-4 defense), there suddenly stands a wide-open position.
Here are the five guys that I think are the leading candidates.