Vols WRs coach on Jennings, Perry, Williams

Tennessee addressed needs at the wide receiver position through recruiting in 2015. Get the lowdown on each of those young Volunteers from their position coach.

It's been a long time coming.

Through development and recruiting, Tennessee's wide receivers room is the deepest and most talented it's been since Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson formed an explosive duo in 2012.

Vols wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni could see his group get another eye-popping boost if signee and former Scout five-star prospect Preston Williams makes the grade on the retake of the ACT and becomes eligible soon.

Williams, who tore a pair of knee ligaments last fall, enrolled in school on Rocky Top in May and began rehabbing hard and working on his body.

"I'm not sure how much weight he's gained; it's like 20 pounds," Azzanni said of Williams. "It's unbelievable. He looks like a different kid than he did when he walked in the door 3-4 months ago already."

At 100-percent and in uniform, a strong case can be made for the Peach State product being the best receiver in orange.

"He's got his skill set," Azzanni said. "He's 6-5. He can do a lot of different things. He's a great athlete. I have no idea what's going to happen when we get him out there. Where he's at I don't know. Right now I'm just praying this comes out the other end the way we want it to, the way he wants it to. I know it's hard on him sitting and waiting — that can't be easy."

The third-year Vols assistant coach said he is close to what he wants to be able to rotate into the game at his position. The desire is to have 8-10 receivers ready to go. Currently, Azzanni is comfortable with 7-8.

Another freshman, Jauan Jennings, made the decision to move from playing quarterback in the spring to catching passes in camp. The Murfreesboro native has himself in position to rotate into the game and be a difference maker.

"He wanted to play. I think this gives him a great opportunity to get out there and help the team and help the team win," Azzanni said.

A week ago, after the team scrimmaged at Neyland Stadium wide receivers were on campus until 11:30 p.m. working on their craft and breaking down film, including Jennings.

Vincent Perry is a third freshman that figures to bolster the depth. The Nashville product and standout baseball player has opened eyes in the early stages of August.

"He's more of a tall receiver in a shorter body. He's really a longer guy," Azzanni said of Perry.

Watch more from Azzanni on how the Tennessee secondary helps the pass catchers improve, Josh Malone's advancement. Click play on the InsideTennessee video below:

Azzanni details freshmen receivers' talents


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