KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Led by two honors for rising senior wide receiver Marquez Callaway, five Tennessee football players recently grabbed preseason All-SEC honors from Athlon Sports.
Callaway collected second-team accolades as a specialist as well as fourth-team honors as a wide receiver.
Rising seniors Darrell Taylor, an outside linebacker, and Nigel Warrior, a defensive back, were named to the third-team defense, while rising sophomore cornerback Bryce Thompson was named to the fourth-team defense.
Rising junior running back Ty Chandler joined Callaway on the fourth-team offense.
Callaway enters the 2019 season as one of Tennessee’s most experienced offensive players with 62 receptions, 1,011 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches in his career. He also holds a 13.4 yards per punt return average and has returned two punts for touchdowns in his career.
Taylor was Tennessee’s Team MVP in 2018 after leading the Vols with eight sacks, 11 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. The Waverly, Va., native had three sacks and forced two fumbles at No. 2 Georgia and collected National Defensive Player of the Week honors following a four-sack game against Kentucky.
Warrior has started 24 consecutive games for the Vols at safety and has 169 career tackles. He finished second on UT with 64 stops in 2018. The Duluth, Ga., native was 13th in the SEC with 83 tackles in 2017.
Thompson snagged FWAA Freshman All-America honors and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2018. He finished as the highest-graded true freshman cornerback in the nation after leading Tennessee with three interceptions and 10 total passes defended.
Chandler has proved to be a threat to score every time he touches the ball in his two seasons on Rocky Top. In 23 games, he has rushed for 935 yards and six touchdowns, while averaging 5.0 yards per carry. He had two touchdowns of at least 75 yards in 2018 and became the first Volunteer running back with a touchdown reception in three-straight games in program history. The Nashville, Tenn., native also returned a kick 91 yards for a score in 2017.