Velus Jones Jr was the Tennessee Vols’ second-leading receiver in 2020 with 280 receiving yards.

Even in a 10 game season, those aren’t very impressive numbers.

Of course, that’s because the Vols’ offense was dreadful last season.

Tennessee averaged just 21 points per game in Jeremy Pruitt’s final season (No. 109 in the nation). There wasn’t a lot of offense to go around.

That should change in a major way under new head coach Josh Heupel, who is known for leading explosive offenses that are among the most explosive in the nation.

Heupel has a reputation for scoring points. His 2020 UCF squad averaged 42.2 points per game. In 2019, they averaged 43.4 points per game.

I don’t know if Heupel will be able to turn the Vols into a team that scores over 40 points a game overnight, but there’s no doubt that Tennessee will be a lot better on offense in 2021.

And Jones is extremely excited.

“I’m so excited with my ability to catch the ball, get yards after catch, deep-ball threat,” said Jones on Tuesday when asked about playing in Heupel’s offense.

“Man, this is a dream come true,” added Jones. “As a kid, you dream of catching balls…I feel like a kid in a candy store.”

Jones can be an elite SEC wide receiver under Heupel if the Vols settle on the right starting quarterback (no one knows who that will be yet). He has the speed to stretch the field and create matchup nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators.

Tennessee is inevitably going to go through bumps in the road under Heupel, but this is a team that should be fun to watch on a weekly basis this fall.

Featured image via George Walker IV / Tennessean.com 


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