There’s been a lot of talk about what the Tennessee Vols’ offense will look like in 2021 under new head coach Josh Heupel.
Heupel is an offensive guru, which means he’ll likely spend most of his time on that side of the ball.
That will leave defensive coordinator Tim Banks the “CEO” of the defense.
So what will the defense look like?
For now, it’s unclear what kind of defense the Vols will run under Banks.
Banks told reporters this week that he’s going to continue to evaluate Tennessee’s defensive talent before deciding on a base scheme for this upcoming season.
Tim Banks says they’ll continue to evaluate talent before completely deciding on whether or not they’ll roll with a 3-4 or 4-3 base defense.
They’ll go through spring and determine what would be best based on personnel.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) March 8, 2021
One player that could be heavily utilized in Banks’ defense is junior linebacker Roman Harrison, a former three-star recruit who signed with the Vols during the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Harrison played in all 10 games for Tennessee in 2020, but he saw most of his action as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. The Georgia native totaled seven tackles and two sacks last season.
Could Roman Harrison be a stud defender for the Tennessee Vols?
The Athletic’s Ted Nguyen was recently checking out some film on Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood and took notice of Harrison’s abilities.
Had no idea who Roman Harrison is but I had to look him up after seeing this move on a future first rounder
He’s a sophomore pic.twitter.com/6K88BQuS7d
— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) March 11, 2021
Nguyen isn’t the only one who has taken notice of Harrison this offseason.
— Check The Tape (@Vol_Details) March 1, 2021
For whatever reason, Harrison only received limited snaps during the Jeremy Pruitt era.
It’s possible that was due to Pruitt’s penchant for only playing experienced players who don’t make mistakes. Perhaps Harrison will get more of an opportunity under Heupel and Banks.
Based on the film, he certainly should.
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