Junior Emmanuel Moseley and freshman Baylen Buchanan will start at cornerback in Saturday’s game at Georgia, Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
Saturday will be the first college start for Buchanan, the son of former longtime NFL defensive back Ray Buchanan.
Buchanan has proved to be every bit the recruiting steal Tennessee’s staff thought he was when they signed the nation’s No. 688 overall prospect and No. 61 cornerback prospect in the 2016 industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
Junior Justin Martin – arguably one of the Vols’ most talented players – had a rough start to last week’s come-from-behind win over Florida, and Buchanan entered the game and filled in as well as he’d done the previous week, when star senior cornerback Cameron Sutton went down with an ankle injury on the game’s first possession.
Shoop said Martin – who has been dealing with a tweaked ankle – obviously will remain a factor at cornerback, and that senior nickel Malik Foreman (a former cornerback) also will get some more looks at corner this week in practice.
The 11th-ranked Vols (4-0, 1-0 SEC) will play at 25th-ranked Georgia (3-1, 1-1) on Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. Eastern game that will be broadcast by CBS.