Tennessee TE Devante Brooks moves to offensive line
Devante Brooks might want to start eating some extra meals.
Tennessee’s true freshman tight end is moving to offensive line, coach Butch Jones said during a news conference Monday. Jones thinks the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Brooks will make a smooth transition to the trenches.
“He’s getting better and better each and every week,” Jones said. “We do development Mondays where our younger players will come out, and they do one-on-ones and they do technique and fundamentals, and he’s done a very good job with that. And he has a natural skill set for that position.”
Brooks was one of two 3-star tight ends to sign with the Volunteers last year. Tennessee expects to be loaded at the position next year with 3-star prospects Chase Rogers, James Brown and LaTrell Bumphus (who also plays defensive end) already committed in the 2017 class.
While clearing up a spot for the incoming tight ends, Brooks’ position switch also shores up an offensive line that has experienced some attrition this season.