When the University of Tennessee brought in their 2012 recruiting class back in February, the word that Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley said about what he wanted was “depth.”
In last year’s matchup against Florida, the Vols lost star wideout Justin Hunter to a season-ending knee injury. This injury took away Tennessee’s ability to stretch the field and resulted in offensive coordinator Jim Chaney focusing on completing passes underneath.
The promise of a healthy Justin Hunter, JUCO transfers and another year of experience for last year’s starters on offense in 2012 gives Dooley and the rest of the coaching staff hope that the Vols can be competitive in a crowded SEC.
Among these JUCO transfers, one stands out. Cordarrelle Patterson, transfering from Hutchison Community College in Rock Hill, S.C., gives Tennessee some much needed depth at wide receiver and has experience at returning kicks on special teams. Losing Hunter really stifled the Vols offense a year ago and depth at receiver was obviously a huge priority for Dooley, who brought in (excluding athletes and tight ends) Patterson and three other wide receivers.
Considering the wide receiver additions along with athletes and tight end Justin Meredith, it’s clear that Tennessee added depth, something that should make Dooley very happy.