The 2023 season will be Tennessee’s third under head coach Josh Heupel. Heupel has compiled an 18-8 (10-6 SEC) record with the Vols.
The Vols will kick off its 2023 season on Sept. 2 against Virginia at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.
As the 2023 season approaches, Vols Wire looks at the highest-graded returning offensive players for Tennessee.
All grades were gathered using the Pro Football Focus (PFF) database and grading system. Data compiled represents a player’s overall offensive grade from the 2022 season, including postseason games.
Student-athletes who played 20 percent of the minimum number of snaps in 2022 were included.
Below are the top-10 highest-graded returning Vols entering the 2023 season.
Joe Milton III
PFF offensive grade: 90.8
2022 statistics: 971 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, 65 percent completion percentage, 77 rushing yards
PFF offensive grade: 80.3
2022 statistics: 875 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 6.0 yards per attempt
PFF offensive grade: 79.9
2022 statistics: 734 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 4.7 yards per attempt, two receiving touchdowns
PFF offensive grade: 78.1
2022 statistics: 30 receptions, 481 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, 16.0 yards per reception
PFF offensive grade: 73.2
2022 statistics: Zero quarterback hits allowed, one pressure allowed, 83 offensive snaps played