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Tennessee depth chart reflects Volunteers' youth

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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Butch Jones likes to compare guiding a young football team to raising children and watching them mature.

The Volunteers are about to take their first steps.

Tennessee plans to start three freshmen and one junior-college transfer in Sunday's season opener against Utah State. Ten more freshmen, two redshirt freshmen and three junior-college transfers are in second-team roles. Tennessee's entire offensive and defensive two-deep includes just six seniors, matching Temple for the fewest of any Football Bowl Subdivision program.

Jones says, "We probably have more unknowns than anyone else in the country."

The likely freshman starters are defensive end Derek Barnett, offensive guard Jashon Robertson and tight end Ethan Wolf. Never before has a Tennessee true freshman tight end or defensive lineman started a season opener.

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