Tennessee Football: 8 Sleepers Who Will Play Key Roles for the Vols in 2016

Posted by Brad Shepard on April-29-2016 Add Comments

The top end of the Tennessee Volunteers' talent totem pole is awfully impressive, but few teams ever won anything significant because of a few elite players.

You need a good bit of star power, sure. But role players must emerge for coaches to build championship contenders. UT coach Butch Jones knows this, and this past spring was a great opportunity to find out where some of that depth would come from with more than 20 Volunteers injured.

While some guys such as senior defensive tackle Danny O'Brien and junior receiver Josh Smith could go from fringe players to major contributors, they really don't count as "sleepers." 

To fit that category, a player has to come from virtually nowhere, either in regard to a lack...

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