2017 was a nightmare for Tennessee football. But there were bright spots. One of the shiniest stars was that of sophomore Nigel Warrior.
The Vol legacy (his father Dale Carter was an all-America defensive back in 1990) lived up to his pedigree last season, starting every game at safety, while finishing second on the team in tackles with 83. He had a career high 13 tackles in the Georgia Tech game alone, plus a 70-yard pick-6 against Missouri.
It’s no surprise to see him on the 2018 Bednarik Award Watch list. That award is given annually to the top defensive player in college football.
On a team with many question marks, Warrior is one of the few guys who Tennessee fans shouldn’t worry too much about. He plays at a position of strength, and will be starting on day one. He’s arguably the Vols most athletic player and absolutely one of their most talented.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Nigel Warrior pass up his senior season for the NFL Draft next spring.
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