This probably won’t come as a surprise, but Tennessee Vols tight end Jacob Warren has always been a big kid.

The Knoxville native, who is 6-foot-6/251 lbs, was big enough as a kid that he wasn’t allowed to carry the football until he was in the 8th grade.

Warren talked about his youth football experiences recently on “The Slice” podcast.

“I was always a lot bigger, taller than all the other kids, so I ended up having a green X on my helmet, meaning I couldn’t carry the ball, which was really unfortunate when I was a kid,” said Warren.

“I played on the offensive line and the defensive line until I got to 8th grade, I think, and then finally they had lifted the ban on the big kids running the ball,” added Warren. “So I got to transition to tight end and start learning how to run routes and catch the ball.”

Warren, who signed with the Vols as a three-star recruit during the 2018 recruiting cycle, started five games for Tennessee this past season.

The redshirt junior has seven receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown in his career at UT.

Those aren’t impressive numbers, but his production should see an uptick in 2021 in Josh Heupel’s explosive offense.

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