A Tennessee Vols player was named this week by 247Sports as one of the most underrated players in the nation.
The national sports media outlet listed Vols wide receiver Cedric Tillman among their most underrated players.
Tillman came out of virtually nowhere to catch 64 passes for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns, benefitting from new coach Josh Heupel’s explosive offensive system. He is the SEC’s top returning receiver in terms of production, yet can barely scratch honorable mention on most preseason All-American teams. There is no reason to think he will not improve across the board with star quarterback Hendon Hooker back at the helm, so it will be pretty hard to ignore him.
Tillman has received some love this offseason, but not nearly enough.
The former three-star recruit is the SEC’s leading returning wide receiver in 2022 yet he wasn’t even voted by the media as a member of the All-SEC first team.
How is the leading returning wide receiver in the conference not an All-SEC first-team player?!?!
That’s easily one of the biggest snubs of the offseason.
Tillman’s unexpected 2021 season was one of the best ever for a Vols wide receiver. And the good news for Tennessee is that Tillman should be even better in 2022. He now has a full year in Josh Heupel’s offense under his belt and he’s continued to build a strong relationship with quarterback Hendon Hooker.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Tillman plays at a high enough level in 2022 to be a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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