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Updating the Vols roster after recent changes, including departure of 6 more walk-ons

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Six more walk-on players have apparently moved on as Tennessee’s roster undergoes a typical post-spring evolution.

The following walk-ons are no longer listed on the official roster: Offensive lineman John Simcox, a third-year sophomore from Kingsport; punter/kicker Ryan Ault, a third-year sophomore from Brentwood; linebacker Logan Cavendar, a Tennessee Tech transfer from Fairview; running back Chris Beck, a native of Austell, Ga., and transfer from Dean College in Franklin, Mass; defensive back Devin Williams, a redshirt freshman from Austin-East in Knoxville; and tight end Greg Tisho, a redshirt freshman from Cherokee, N.C.

Of the six, only Simcox had played in a game for the Vols. He entered as a reserve in 2013. Two other players were deleted from the roster earlier this week.

The roster above reflects the changes. You can see the full spreadsheet here.

We’ve made a few other minor changes.

Sophomore Jason Carr is now listed as an offensive tackle, giving the Vols a projected 11 scholarship offensive linemen in 2014 and a projected 17 scholarship defensive linemen.

We’ve also deleted JaRon Toney from the scholarship roster. Unofficially, UT has 82 players on scholarship, although that number is impossible to verify. If all goes as planned, expect one, two or three current walk-ons to be placed on scholarship by August.

Finally, the changes have shifted the geographic midpoint of the Vols’ scholarship roster to Calhoun, Ga. Why does that sound familiar? It’s the hometown of former Vol receiver Da’Rick Rogers.

Freshman Malik Foreman now top kick returner for Vols

Malik Foreman (UT photo)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — When receiver Vincent Dallas left the football program last week, it opened up a spot on Tennessee’s kickoff return team.

True freshman cornerback Malik Foreman will get first crack at the job.

Foreman is listed with JaRon Toney in the Vols’ new depth chart.

There were no other changes.

Devrin Young, who started the season as the top kickoff returner, is expected to return to practice this week. He broke a bone in his hand early in the season.

Dallas averaged 22.2 yards on 13 returns this year. His long return was 36 yards.

At Tennessee and elsewhere, nickel becoming the new normal

JaRon Toney

JaRon Toney

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — I’ve spent too much of the last 48 hours with a remote in hand, meticulously reviewing the Tennessee-Austin Peay snap by snap.

I don’t recommend it, although my task should get easier in future games when the Vols don’t empty the bench at halftime.

A complete statistical report, including player participation counts for the entire roster, is available to News Sentinel subscribers on GoVolsXtra here.

One of the most eye-opening things about the game is just how often UT uses a nickel defense — five defensive backs.

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