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Tennessee DE Corey Vereen
Wait, Tennessee's quarterback battle isn't on this list but its defensive line is?
Yep, that's the case.
Vols' head coach Butch Jones told B/R shortly before spring wrapped up that he was pleased with the downfield consistency of senior quarterback Justin Worley and the upside of redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson. Sophomore Josh Dobbs complicated matters during the spring game, throwing for 199 yards and three touchdowns and adding 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
All of the sudden, deciding on a quarterback is now a "rich man's problem" for Jones.
Defensive line, however, is not.
Jones was frustrated with his defensive line all spring, and its lack of depth and inability to be fundamentally consistent bothered him after the spring game.
"We have some players it's just an overall depth," Jones said in quotes released by Tennessee. "The thing I was kind of disappointed in, in the spring game today, was the drop off from ones to twos. We need to generate outs defensively and we didn't generate very many three and outs today."
No matter how exotic the offenses get in the SEC, it's still a line of scrimmage league. If Tennessee wants to have a quick turnaround in Jones' second year, it needs that depth up front. It's not there yet.