Tennessee football early enrollees who could make an instant impact

Tennessee will debut 14 scholarship players when spring football practice starts Tuesday, tied for the most early enrollees in recent program history.

They believe the head-start will help them make an immediate impact in the 2022 season. About half of them are right, at least judging from past results.

In the past 10 years, the Vols have had 79 new players enroll in January rather than wait until summer. And 41 of them, or 52%, made a notable impact in their first season.

Most of them were talented freshmen who acclimated quickly. A few were junior-college transfers who panned out. And a couple of Division I transfers recently stood out.

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