Josh Heupel explains why true freshman Kaemen Marley opens Tennessee camp at receiver
Tennessee hit the practice field for the first training camp of the Josh Heupel era on Wednesday and one thing that stood out.
True freshman Kaemen Marley opened camp at receiver. Marley did not enroll early at Tennessee, so he did not practice with the team this spring.
Marley getting reps at receiver was a surprise considering he is listed as a defensive back on the team’s roster and was recruited to play defense by Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee coaching staff.
Following the first practice of fall camp, Heupel was asked to comment on Marley opening camp at receiver, and not defensive back, as the freshman is listed on the team’s official roster.
“That’s just how he was recruited,” Heupel said. “I feel like [playing receiver] is a natural starting point for him. He’s a guy that’s ultra-talented and we will find out his skillset, where he feels comfortable, where his progression goes and how to get him on the field the fastest.”
Marley’s bio on the Tennessee team site:
Talented two-way player and a consensus four-star athlete by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com … Enrolled at Tennessee in July 2021 … The No. 101 player in the country and No. 2 athlete by Rivals.com … No. 172 ranked player in the ESPN 300 … Rated the No. 4 athlete and No. 9 player in the state of North Carolina by the 247Sports Composite … Named a 2021 Sports Illustrated All-America candidate … Named to the NCPreps Preseason All-State team as a junior in 2019 and a senior in 2020 … Was a North Carolina first-team all-state selection by MaxPreps in 2019 after leading Eastern Randolph to a 10-3 record and the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs … Starred on both sides of the ball for the Wildcats, finishing his junior season with 814 receiving yards, 396 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns to go along with three interceptions while lining up at wide receiver, running back and defensive back … Has not played in 2020 after the North Carolina high school football season was postponed due to COVID-19 … Also played basketball in high school … Received offers from 16 schools … Committed to the Vols in May 2020 … Coached by Charles Arrington.