This week we have taken a look at two different positions where Tennessee is lacking depth on the defensive side of the ball, not it's time to look at one of the strong points for the Vols this fall.
Finally the Vols will be very solid in the defensive secondary, after a couple of seasons of having a few glaring weaknesses.
The number one question on every Vol Fan right now is whether standout safety, free safety Janzen Jackson will return to the team for his junior season. After sitting out all spring and the first summer session, it's our understanding that he will most likely be back on the team this fall.
With Jackson back this fall, the defensive backfield will be the strongest unit on the defensive side of the ball for Tennessee.
Jackson has proven the last two seasons he has All-American talent, now if he can only do the little things right on and off the field of play.
With the addition of Brent Brewer at safety has made this defensive backfield a group to be reckoned with.
Expect Brewer to continue to improve his game as he gets use to playing football again after taking time off playing baseball for several years.
With Brewer and Jackson at the safety positions, it allows athletes like Prentiss Waggner to shine.
Waggner showed last fall that he may be a better cover corner than he is a safety. Tennessee secondary coach Terry Joseph has praised Waggner on several occasions as being the guy that can play anywhere in the backend of the Vols defense.
Depth appears it won't be a major issue either for the Vols Secondary.
Several new faces and arrivals such as Justin Coleman, a mid-term enrollee, will help give Tennessee an upgrade on talent in the backfield.
With weaknesses in the front seven, it's critical for the Vols secondary to be at full strength this fall.
With the return of Jackson, it would appear they would be.