Danny Parker

The Monday Mailbag

You ask the questions. We answer them. Everyone goes home happy.

Assuming not impacted by current recruiting - what is your guess for our two-deep at both offensive tackles and who will be our backup center for next year? — lukeknud

Wow. Sneaking two questions into one submission. I have to answer both now. That's a vet move. In regard to the tackles, I think Chance Hall will start at left tackle next season with Drew Richmond backing him up. Brett Kendrick should lock down the right tackle spot with a potential for Dontavius Blair behind him. As for center, I see a combination of Ray Raulerson and possibly Jashon Robertson backing up Coleman Thomas, with the staff shuffling thing around if Thomas were unable to go. There's a lot of fluidity along the line with versatile guys who can play multiple positions, so it will be interesting to see how that's handled moving forward. 

Were the coaches surprised by Marquez North's decision to turn pro? — cartersvillevol

Marquez North hasn't publicly announced that he's entering the NFL draft this season, but he's not enrolled in classes currently and the popular opinion seems to be he'll declare. Until he does, though, I can't assume that's his intentions. Now if he does go pro, I'd say the coaches probably had a good idea and won't be too shocked by it. The 6-foot-3, 229-pounder has battled injuries in each of his three seasons at Tennessee, but he has the frame to try his hand at getting drafted or signing an undrafted free agent contract. 

What (in your opinion) has led to the number of WR injuries the last couple years? — volheart

Can I be honest for a second? It's not like you all don't know I'm an idiot, anyway, but I'll go ahead and admit it: I have no idea. I really don't think you can pinpoint one particular reason. Guys like North, Jason Croom and Josh Smith have battled injuries since they've been on campus it seems. It's an interesting question that deserves an answer from someone much smarter than me. 

Will Tennessee beat Vanderbilt Wednesday? — Charles H. 

With the way the Vols have played at home this season, it's a 100 percent possibility. Armani Moore is still day-to-day with an ankle injury, and his presence and versatility will be huge in the Vols besting their rivals in Thompson-Boling Arena. Vandy has three 7-footers who tower over all of Tennessee's roster and are a really good defensive team — especially around the perimeter. It's going to take Rick Barnes' team utilizing its speed and limiting turnovers like it did against Mississippi State, but this one will be fun to watch.


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