One of the biggest additions the Tennessee Vols made this summer, including 2018 signees, was offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy, who joined UT as a graduate transfer after playing at Alabama.
Kennedy is expected to be a huge help to the Vols’ offensive line in 2018.
The expectation is that Kennedy will end up being Tennessee’s starting center, which will slide Ryan Johnson to guard and allow Trey Smith to play, presumably, left tackle.
While that’s the plan, Kennedy still has to come in an compete for the job. It won’t just be handed to him.
So far, it appears Kennedy is making a good impression on his new teammates.
Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt told reporters on Thursday that Kennedy has quickly “earned the respect” of his teammates with his practice habits.
Pruitt on Alabama grad transfer center Brandon Kennedy: “He’s quickly earned the respect of his teammates with the way he practices. We’re excited to have him here.”
— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) August 9, 2018
Offensive line play has a been a weakness over the last several years for Tennessee. But if the Vols can stay healthy in 2018, they have the talent to be a much improved unit.
Staying healthy, however, is easier said than done. Tennessee doesn’t have a lot of depth to lean on. If the injuries start to pile up, it could be a long year for the Vols’ offensive line.
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