Tennessee’s depth chart for the Georgia game

Tennessee’s depth chart for the Georgia game

Defensive line

1. (6) Byron Young (Sr., 6-3/245)
2. (30) Roman Harrison (Sr., 6-2/244)
3. (19) Joshua Josephs (Fr., 6-3/221) OR (27) James Pearce Jr. (Fr., 6-5/220)

Defensive move
1. (99) Courott Garland (R-Sr., 6-3/310) OR (20) Bryson Eason (R-Soph., 6-3/300)
2. (50) Jordan Phillips (Fr., 6-2/295) OR (88) Amari McNeill (R-Fr., 6-4/285)

Defensive move
1. (21) Omari Thomas (Jr., 6-4/320)
2. (51) Elijah Simmons (R-Jr., 6-2/340) OR (95) Da’Jon Terry (R-Jr., 6-4/321)

Defensive end
1. (9) Tyler Baron (Jr., 6-5/260) OR (11) LaTrell Bumphus (R-Sr.*, 6-3/290)
2. (90) Dominic Bailey (R-Soph., 6-3/270)
3. (42) Tire West (Fr., 6-3/290)

Tennessee vs. Kentucky played with the same starting defensive line (Young, Thomas, Terry and Bumphus) for the fourth straight game, with a second unit of Harrison, Eason, Garland and Baron. Young and Harrison each played 33 snaps, followed by Eason (28), Baron (28), Bumphus (24), Thomas (21), Terry (20) and Garland (20). They also got rotation snaps from Bailey (18), Josephs (11), West (eight) and Simmons (eight), who left the UT Martin game.

The defensive line leads a unit that ranks ninth in the FBS in run defense (allowing 92.9 yards per game) and fourth in the SEC in sacks (21), but veteran defensive line coach Rodney Garner continues to push his group into a big challenge against Georgia’s imposing offensive line.

“We have good games, he comes in and tells us how proud he is of us,” Thomas said. “He trains us every week. No matter how well we play, he’s always going to have a better standard for us, and that’s what you want. You never want to be satisfied, and Coach G is never satisfied. We’re never satisfied as a defensive line and we just always want to continue to get better every week. He pushes us every week to be better.”

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