The Monday Mailbag

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

Given the returning players in the secondary, and the group of DB's we just signed, do you think there will still be consideration of moving Jauan Jennings to safety this year, or will the staff focus on playing him at WR? — cherokee04

I think right now Jauan Jennings is focused on being a wide receiver and that's where the coaches want him. He turned in an encouraging season for switching positions and being a freshman, and with the deep class of defensive backs Tennessee just hauled in, I expect him to stay on offense for now. Would it surprise me if Jennings did play a little safety in spring practice? No, not really, but I believe he's a wide receiver for good. 

A two deep starting lineup from your prospective? — volheart

Here we go (don't yell at me): 

OFFENSE

QB: Josh Dobbs, Quinten Dormady 

RB: Jalen Hurd, Alvin Kamara

WR: Preston Williams, Jeff George

WR: Josh Smith, Vincent Perry 

WR: Josh Malone, Jauan Jennings

TE: Ethan Wolf, Jakob Johnson

LT: Brett Kendrick, Drew Richmond 

LG: Jashon Robertson, Charles Mosley 

C: Coleman Thomas, Ray Raulerson 

RG: Dylan Wiesman, Jack Jones

RT: Chance Hall, Brett Kendrick 

DEFENSE

DE: Derek Barnett, Kyle Phillips 

DT: Kahlil McKenzie, Danny O'Brien

DT: Shy Tuttle, Kendal Vickers

DE: Jonathan Kongbo, Corey Vereen 

LB: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Cortez McDowell

LB: Darrin Kirkland, Colton Jumper

CB: Cam Sutton, Emmanuel Moseley

CB: Justin Martin, Malik Foreman

NB: Rashaan Gaulden, Micah Abernathy

FS: Evan Berry, Rashaan Gaulden

SS: Todd Kelly Jr., Micah Abernathy

This is obviously fluid and my personal guess, but take it as gospel and tell your friends.

Do you think the coaches will consider using Quinten Dormady more in games when we may need more of a downfield passing threat? Could they try to have a bit of a two-headed QB system, with Dobbs still getting the bulk of the snaps but Dormady getting more than just garbage time? — cherokee04

This sounds really good in theory. You'd have Josh Dobbs shoulder most of the load, ripping opponents up with his legs while selectively inserting Quinten Dormady to pick apart secondaries when given the opportunity. Urban Meyer rode the two quarterback system to a national championship at Florida, so there is a blueprint. Will it happen in 2016 at Tennessee? No. Josh Dobbs is the starting QB, and I don't see Butch Jones offering up a timeshare at the position. The Passtranaut is the unabashed leader of the offense and I just can't picture Dobbs relinquishing his starting duties, even if it is strategically. 

Who in the upcoming recruiting class does Butch Jones have the biggest love affair for? — cctvol

This is pure speculation, but that's what makes this job so fun. My pick would be Deangelo Gibbs, the Scout five-star athlete from Georgia. Gibbs ranks as the No. 1 athlete in The Peach State and is the No. 3 overall player in Scout's 2017 class and he could legitimately play both ways at the next level. Let's put it this way: he's almost always the most athletic player on the field at wide receiver, but may be a better defensive back. That's how good he is. He has 4.5 speed and is 6-foot-2, which makes him a long corner and a nice-sized receiver if he and his coaches in college want him to stay on offense. This guy has offers all over the country, from Alabama to Oregon, so prying him away from a host of elite schools will be difficult. Then again, Butch Jones and his staff have established themselves as some of the best recruiters in the country, so expect this one to get mighty interesting.


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