Tennessee Vols redshirt senior wide receiver Jauan Jennings is one of the most important players on UT’s roster.
Jennings is a tenacious receiver who can move the chains and be a physical down field blocker. He also plays with a lot of heart and grit — a characteristic that Tennessee will need plenty of if they’re going to win seven or eight games in 2019.
Oh yeah, and he’s incredibly confident in himself.
Jennings told reporters on Thursday that he’s the alpha male anywhere he goes.
“I’m the alpha male anywhere I go.”
— Ryan Callahan (@RyanCallahan247) August 8, 2019
Confirmed: Jauan Jennings is an alpha male. 🐶 pic.twitter.com/FhP1U9xi07
— Marshall Hughes (@marshallhughes) August 8, 2019
Jennings caught 30 passes for 438 yards and three touchdowns as a redshirt junior in 2018. His best season at Tennessee came in 2016 when he caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Tennessee native underwent knee surgery during the offseason, but he’s expected to be a full go at practice soon.
Jauan Jennings is on a “pitch count” for a while according to Jeremy Pruitt. He’s good to go, but he’ll be monitored for about a week.
— Ben McKee (@benmckee14) August 2, 2019
The Vols might be able to eventually replace Jennings’ on-the-field production (statistically), but it will be difficult for them to replace the swagger that he brings to the field.
That’s why Tennessee fans should hope Jennings is able to stay on the field for the full slate of games this season. There’s no doubt he’ll be a major asset for quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (a reliable receiver who can get the tough yards on third down).
Plus, we all know Jennings has no intentions of not playing in a bowl game this season. The redshirt senior wants to play into December.
And I have no doubt he’ll do everything in his power to make it happen.
After all, that’s what alpha males do.
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