With all the mistakes that Tennessee’s football team made in 2017, one of the biggest would have to be their halting of throwing to Marquez Callaway.
In the season opener against Georgia Tech, Callaway was one of the best players on the field. He had four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. At 6’2” and 200 pounds, he was a matchup nightmare for defensive backs, especially in the red zone.
But for some reason, head coach Butch Jones and offensive coordinator Larry Scott stopped trying to get him involved in the passing game. In the final ten games in which he played, Callaway only had 20 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
Will this season be different for Callaway?
“I am a lot more comfortable,” Callaway said at SEC Media Days in July. “I have a lot more experience under my belt now, and a lot of other receivers do too… I am taking on more of a leadership role this year with receivers. We will do our best to have the younger receivers ready.”
Tennessee has depth at wide receiver. Jauan Jennings is back, as is Brandon Johnson, who led the Vols in receptions a year ago with 37. But for that passing game to improve, Marquez Callaway must play a bigger role.
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