Tennessee Vols wide receiver Jauan Jennings is a special player. Anyone who’s watched him play already knows that.
There aren’t many players who play the game with more heart and determination than Jennings.
But while the passion that Jennings plays with on the field is what initially jumps out about the Tennessee native, I think it should be noted what an incredible senior season he’s having.
In fact, it has the potential to be one of the best seasons for a Vol wide receiver ever.
we’ve never tried, but tackling Jauan seems difficult pic.twitter.com/3eziaj4IA3
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) November 24, 2019
Through 11 games this season, Jennings has 55 receptions for 886 yards and eight touchdowns. He only needs a 86 yards to finish with one of the 10 best seasons ever by a Vol wide receiver (Josh Malone is No. 10 on the list with 972 yards in 2016).
With two games left this season (since a bowl game appearance has been clinched), it’s possible that Jennings could end up with the third best single season ever by a UT wide receiver. Justin Hunter is No. 3 on the list with 1,083 yards in 2012.
Jennings has four games with more than 100 yards this season and three of those games came against SEC opponents (Georgia, South Carolina and Missouri). So it’s very possible that Jennings could total 198 yards in the final two games of the season — especially with how quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has been playing lately.
The redshirt senior wide receiver also needs only one more receiving touchdown this season to enter a tie for No. 8 (along with Joey Kent, Jermaine Copeland, Denarius Moore, Da’Rick Rogers, and Justin Hunter, who all broke the top 10 with nine receiving touchdowns in a single season).
Jennings, by the way, is currently No. 6 at Tennessee in career receiving yards. He could feasibly surpass Cedrick Wilson and Robert Meachem for the No. 4 spot with a strong finish to the 2019 season. Jennings is also tied for No. 5 at UT in career receiving touchdowns.
There’s no doubt that Jennings is going down as one of the all-time greats to ever play at Tennessee. When you combine his stats, astonishing moments (the game winning hail mary reception against Georgia and the catch against Florida), and his incredible love for all things orange and white, it’s easy to see why Jennings is already one of the most beloved Vol players of all time.
Not bad for a player who wasn’t even recruited as a wide receiver.
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