Kerbyson helping younger offensive lineman develop

Offensive line, Tennessee Vols, football

KNOXVILLE (WATE) — The Tennessee Vols have a lot of questions regarding the offensive line, but there is no questioning Kyler Kerbyson’s ability to lead.

The Knoxville Catholic product gradually worked his way into Tennessee’s starting rotation in 2014. After playing in seven games his freshman year, and twelve games his sophomore year Kerbyson started all 13 games in 2015.

“Kyler’s one of those individuals who’s never down, brings a lot of energy, a great, great student of the game. He’s molding and mentoring our younger players in the offensive line room,” said Tennessee head coach Butch Jones.

Kerbyson is no stranger to multitasking. In 2014 he started at three different positions, and said his approach to helping younger offensive lineman is all about making them feel confident. “If they don’t feel confident they don’t feel like they can make the right blocks, then they’re not going to do it. You gotta envision yourself doing it before you actually go out there” he said of the advice he gives younger players.

On Tuesday coach Butch Jones said he and his staff haven’t figured out which five players will start on Tennessee’s offensive line, but chances are Kerbyson will be one of them. What position he’ll be playing is anybody’s guess.

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