One of the Tennessee Vols‘ biggest issues under new head coach Josh Heupel in 2021 will be depth.
The Vols have some quality talent on the roster, but they’re thin at several key positions.
One of those positions is the offensive line — a unit where depth is absolutely vital.
Tennessee lost four key offensive linemen this offseason. Trey Smith and Brandon Kennedy are moving on to the NFL after their senior seasons, while Wanya Morris and Jahmir Johnson transferred to Oklahoma and Texas A&M, respectively.
That leaves the Vols with a lot of unknowns along the offensive line. Former Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays is expected to anchor the offensive line. Darnell Wright and Jerome Carvin will provide the unit with some experience, but the lack of depth is still concerning. One injury could alter the entire look of the Vols’ offensive line.
That’s why Heupel should make a recent entry into the transfer portal a priority for the Vols in the coming weeks/months.
Former four-star offensive lineman Max Wray, who signed with Ohio State during the 2018 recruiting cycle, recently entered the transfer portal after three seasons with the Buckeyes.
Ohio State OT Max Wray has entered the transfer portal. The senior told me he knows he’s behind established starters at OSU and wants a chance to go somewhere where he can play. He described his time at OSU as “awesome.” Graduates in May. More to come at https://t.co/zhN0mwrPS8.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) April 9, 2021
Wray is a Franklin, TN native who initially committed to Georgia over Tennessee in 2016. Wray eventually decommitted from UGA and signed with Ohio State.
The Tennessee native hasn’t lived up his four-star rating at Ohio State, starting only one game (at right tackle) during his three years in Columbus. Wray is buried on the depth chart, which is why he’s looking elsewhere for an opportunity to play.
While I don’t think Wray would be an instant starter for the Vols, he’d definitely provide the program with much-needed depth.
Plus, Wray is clearly a talented player, so maybe a change of scenery would help him reach his true potential.
Landing Wray wouldn’t be a glamorous addition for the Vols, but it would certainly help Tennessee’s rebuilding efforts under Heupel.
Wray has three years of eligibility remaining.
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