Eight Flights Awarded to All-SEC Teams Preseason Coaches

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – With the 2022 season kicking off just over a week away, the All-SEC Preseason Coaches Team was released Tuesday afternoon with eight volunteers on the charts.

Two Vols were cheered by the first team in the form of a wide receiver Cedric Tillman and lineman/defensive linebacker Byron Young. Tillman leads the conference in returning production to the wide receiver, amassing 1,081 yards on 64 receptions and 12 touchdowns a season ago. Young is poised to build on a strong finish to the season last year when he recorded 5.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. He’s posted a TFL in eight of the team’s last nine games and recorded a multi-sack effort in the win at Kentucky.

In the second team is the quarterback Hendon Hooker and offensive lineman Darnell Wright. Hooker had a strong offseason after a breakout year in 2021 where he broke single-season program records for completion percentage (68.0) and passer efficiency rating (181.4) . Hooker has 3,561 total rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns during the 2021 campaign. Protecting him up front is Wright who enters his senior season at UT with three years of starting experience under his belt. Wright had the most snaps on the team a season ago, recording 922 plays on the offensive line.

Rounding out Tennessee’s third-team selections, running back Little Jabarilinebacker Jeremy Banksdefensive back Trévon flowers and bettor Paxton Brooks. All four provide a wealth of knowledge, leadership and experience for the Vols, heading into 2022. Banks, a redshirt senior, is coming off a 20-tackle performance at the TransPerfect Music City Bowl, while seniors Flowers and Brooks hope to continue the solid, dependable production they’ve been known for since Rocky Top. Small, UT’s top returning runner, is the leader of the young room running backs and has been working on getting physically ready for the season, while making sure he’s healthy enough to make it through the next step in his development and level of play.

The complete All-SEC preseason coaching rosters can be found HERE.

The Volunteers open their 2022 season under the floodlights at Neyland Stadium on Thursday, September 1 against Ball State. The game will be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network and tickets for the contest can be purchased HERE.

2022 Tennessee Football Preseason Honors

R-Sr. KG Jeremy Banks
Butkus Price Watch List
Lott Trophy Watchlist
All-SEC Second Team (Athlon, Coaches)
Third Team All-SEC (Media)
All-SEC Fourth Team (Phil Steele)

Jr DL Tyler Baron
Third Team All-SEC (Athlon)

SrP Paxton Brooks
Ray Guy Award Watch List
All-SEC Third Team (Athlon, Coaches, Media, Phil Steele)

Sr OL Jerome Carvin
Third Team All-SEC (Athlon)
All-SEC Fourth Team (Phil Steele)

Sr DB Trévon flowers
All-SEC Third Team (coaches, media)
All-SEC Fourth Team (Athlon)

R-Sr. QC Hendon Hooker
Manning Prize Watch List
Davey O’Brien Award Watch List
Maxwell Price Watch List
All-SEC Second Team (Athlon, Coaches, Media, Phil Steele)

junior OL Cooper Mays
Third Team All-SEC (Media)

Jr.RB Little Jabari
Doak Walker Price Watch List
All-SEC Third Team (Coaches, Phil Steele)
All-SEC Fourth Team (Athlon)

R-Sr. WR Cedric Tillman
Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List
Biletnikoff Prize Watch List
Maxwell Price Watch List
Third Team All-American (Athlon, Phil Steele)
All-SEC First Team (Athlon, Coaches, Phil Steele)
Second fully SEC team (media)

R-Sr. AND Jacob Warren
John Mackey Prize Watch List
Wuerffel Trophy Watchlist

Sr OL Darnell Wright
All-SEC Second Team (Coaches, Media)
Third Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
All-SEC Fourth Team (Athlon)

Sr DL/LB Byron Young
All-SEC First Team (Athlon, Coaches, Media)
Second Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)

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