One big question entering the 2020 season was Tennessee’s pass rush — a question that the Volunteers actually answered pretty convincingly in the opening win against South Carolina. There were a couple of guys that stood out, but none more than Deandre Johnson.

The 6-3, 245 pound senior outside linebacker had yet to make an impact during his time in Knoxville, but that all changed on Saturday night. Johnson came away with 2.5 sacks on the night, six tackles and a forced fumble.

In a season where Tennessee has to replace Darrell Taylor, they just might have found their answer during the first week of the season.

“Deandre over the last, really the last year, you really see a young man that is maturing,” HC Jeremy Pruitt said after the victory. “Not only on the field, but off the field. He wanted to come back and move back into the dorm for his last year. It’s his third year in the system, so he knows what to do, he’s a smart guy.”

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