KNOXVILLE – Tennessee has updated its official football roster to reflect the arrival of newcomers and the departure of a few walk-ons.
Most of the changes are minor in nature, but here are some observations from the updated roster:
• All of the 2013 signees are listed on the roster with the exception of running back Jabo Lee, who isn’t expected to qualify this year. That includes junior college wide receiver Johnathon Johnson (5-9, 190) of Blinn (Tex.) Community College. He was a late addition to the 2013 class this spring.
• Three-star defensive end Kendal Vickers isn’t listed yet. Originally a South Carolina commitment, he was dropped by the Gamecocks due to academic concerns but pledged to UT in late May because it appeared he was close to qualifying. He’s expected to show up in Knoxville in July if all goes well academically. Punter Tim Gleeson, who is transferring from Wyoming to UT this fall, also isn’t on this updated roster.
• A few other names of note that are on it: Walk-on quarterback Charlie High, who set numerous state passing records at Christian Academy of Knoxville, walk-on punter Trevor Daniel of Dickson, Tenn., and defensive back Devaun Swafford. Swafford, a high school teammate of incoming freshman corner Malik Foreman, was originally reported to be a grayshirt who would go on scholarship in 2014. It’s unclear what his scholarship status is at the moment, but he is on the roster.
• Running back Marlin Lane and cornerback Eric Gordon remain listed on the roster. Jones recently said Lane was back working out with the team, but there’s been no news on Gordon, who missed most of the spring. It’s somewhat surprising to see him still on the roster.
• Several walk-ons who participated in spring practice are no longer on the roster. Among the most notable are wide receivers Spencer Mackle and Sam Cranford. Mackle is a former UTC receiver who transferred to UT this offseason. Receivers coach Zach Azzanni said there would likely be some walk-on receivers who wouldn’t return, but it’s surprising that Cranford is one of them. The 6-foot-4 Nashville native was one of the most consistent performers this spring and even got a start in the Orange and White Game.
Listed information for the notable newcomers: (Jersey number/position/name/height/weight)
No. 8 WR MarQuez North (6-4, 214)
No. 9 WR Ryan Jenkins (5-11, 180)
No. 10 QB Riley Ferguson (6-3, 180)
No. 11 QB Joshua Dobbs (6-3, 190)
No. 13 QB Charlie High (6-0, 175)
No. 22 DB Malik Foreman (5-10, 175)
No. 23 DB Cameron Sutton (6-1, 170)
No. 29 DB Devaun Swafford (5-11, 185)
No. 60 OL Austin Sanders (6-5, 284)
No. 63 OL Brett Kendrick (6-6, 312)
No. 71 OL Dylan Wiesman (6-3, 312)
No. 81 WR Johnathon Johnson (5-9, 186)
No. 84 TE Woody Quinn (6-6, 260)
No. 86 TE A.J. Branisel (6-4, 225)
No. 89 DL Jaylen Miller (6-2, 265)
No. 90 DL Malik Brown (6-4, 235)
No. 94 DL Jason Carr (6-5, 260)
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga
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