Saturday marks a unique situation for Tennessee Football in that it’s senior day, and the Vols may actually be able to enjoy the moment for those players out of eligibility since they’re facing the worst team in the SEC. Skewing towards those who can’t come back next year, here is a look at the five Vols to watch for against the Vanderbilt Commodores.
5. Roman Harrison
If there’s something Vanderbilt’s not absolutely horrific at, it’s preventing sacks. They are only slightly below average. However, Roman Harrison, who has emerged as a reliable edge rusher in a rotation with Tyler Baron and James Pearce Jr., has the chance to make a major impact on Saturday and go out with a bang his final game at Neyland Stadium.
4. Aaron Beasley
When he first arrived at Tennessee Football, Aaron Beasley was a safety. Then he converted to linebacker but played out of position. Finally, this year, he has been at his natural spot, weakside linebacker, and has been an anchor of the unit. This game should provide him with plenty of chances to make big plays.
3. Ramel Keyton
Vandy has a horrendous defense, and Ramel Keyton has spent the past couple of years being a reliable, go-to wideout for the Vols. Since this will be his final home game, it’s his chance to go off for a ton of yards. Given all the injuries the Vols are dealing with at the position and Josh Heupel’s system, this may be likely anyway.
2. Jaylen McCollough
If there’s one thing Clark Lea’s team can do well at times, it’s throw the ball all over the field. Jaylen McCollough, who has been a staple at safety for UT dating back to 2019, should be able to cash in on that and come away with an interception, or maybe two. He’s also a hard hitter, so he could make an impact on this game in multiple ways.
1. Joe Milton III
Whatever you think of him, Joe Milton III has been a great teammate and stuck it out with Tennessee Football. He deserves this final chance to go out with a bang before he passes the torch to Nico Iamaleava, and Vanderbilt is the perfect team for him to do it against, so here is his chance to go off and load up the stats sheet.