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Tennessee Football Spring Preview: Offensive Line

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SEC games are won in the trenches.

Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel is aware – and that’s why he focused on improving the Vols’ offensive line following an up and down season in 2023.

Tennessee sought help through the transfer portal after having multiple offensive lineman opt to use an extra year of eligibility in 2024.

Heupel and his staff hope an improved offensive line will help elevate Tennessee’s offense this fall.

One key to offensive line success: finding consistency.

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The Vols’ O-line will work on that when spring practice begins as they prepare for the 2024 season.

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Tennessee hopes its mix of veteran experience combined with young talent will develop into one of the SEC’s top offensive line groups.

The biggest story is the return of offensive tackle John Campbell Jr., center Cooper Mays and right guard Javontez Spraggins.

There was a lot of concern about Tennessee’s 2024 offensive line during the 2023 season.

A common question: How is Tennessee going to replace all of those departing seniors?

That question was answered easily when three senior starters decided to play one more season at Tennessee.

Mays will serve as a leader both on UT’s O-line and in the locker room.

Spraggins has played a ton of football for the Vols, although Tennessee will be careful with him this spring following the knee injury that ended his 2023 season early.

Campbell will likely slide to the right side of the line with newcomer Lance Heard, a transfer from LSU, expected to take the left tackle spot.

Tennessee’s offensive line has a few questions, which we’ll get to in a moment….
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