It’s very early in Tennessee Vols fall camp, but one player is already standing out — thanks mostly to comments from coaches.
True freshman wide receiver Squirrel White has received a significant amount of praise over the last couple of days.
On Monday, Vols head coach Josh Heupel took some time during his media session with reporters to send some more praise White’s way.
“He’s not slow, that’s for sure,” said Heupel. “Squirrel is competitive, really smart, mature in the way that he handles himself in the building, in the meeting room. Physically taking care of his body, his ability, not for the game to be moving too fast. Really almost from Day one in the way that he’s handled what we do offensively. He needs to have a great camp for us and we believe that he will. He’s truly fearless. He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s fearless. He’s going to stick his face in any physical situation that he needs to.”
Vols freshman WR Squirrel White is fixing to be a superstar on Rocky Top. Maybe Tennessee’s version of Deebo Samuel pic.twitter.com/5QXCRbySGo— zach ragan (@zachTNT) August 1, 2022
It’s probably not fair to put this much pressure on a true freshman. But White can play. And he’s deserving of the hype. His incredible speed combined with his maturity makes him a potential star in the SEC.
Tennessee fans, however, need to remember he’s still a young wide receiver who is learning how to be a college football player. There will be hiccups. And he might not have a massive true freshman season. But the potential for stardom is certainly there.
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