The Tennessee Vols are poised for a shift toward younger talent in 2024. While some seasoned players will return for the upcoming season, significant departures like defensive lineman Tyler Baron, linebacker Aaron Beasley, and defensive back Doneiko Slaughter will open doors for the team’s younger prospects.

Recently, former UT wide receiver turned media personality, Jayson Swain, questioned defensive linemen Bryson Eason, set to return for a fifth season, and rising junior Joshua Josephs about the emerging talent within the Vols’ ranks for the upcoming year.

Josephs immediately highlighted true freshman edge rusher Caleb Herring as a player to watch, expressing confidence in Herring’s potential impact, particularly in the Citrus Bowl against Iowa on New Year’s Day.

“Caleb Herring, definitely,” said Josephs. “I anticipate him making significant contributions in this bowl game. He’s incredibly versatile, adept in coverage, and potent when rushing off the edge.”

Eason, on the other hand, singled out redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jayson Jenkins, projecting a noteworthy future for him in the upcoming season.

“Let’s talk about my boy Jenk, Jayson Jenkins,” stated Eason. “He’s been putting in the work. I truly believe he’s poised to surprise everyone and exhibit something truly special.”

Herring, a former four-star recruit ranked as the top player in Tennessee for the 2023 class, had limited playing time this season but managed to secure three tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.

Jenkins, previously a three-star recruit from New Jersey, saw minimal action in his initial two seasons with Tennessee. However, indications suggest a potential change for him in 2024, as his teammate hints at an impending significant role within the Vols’ lineup.

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