Tennessee Vols player named a 'true freshman to watch' in 2023

A Tennessee Vols player was named one of 23 "true freshmen to watch" this week by 247Sports.

And no, the player isn't true freshman quarterback Nico Iamaleava, the former five-star recruit who was the top-rated player in Tennessee's 2023 recruiting class.

The Vols are hoping that Joe Milton is a dominant starting quarterback in 2023 and Nico doesn't see the field until 2024 (except for maybe some garbage time action).

Instead, 247Sports listed linebacker Arion Carter as a true freshman to watch in 2023.

Carter won't be a starter at the beginning of the season -- Aaron Beasley and BYU transfer Keenan Pili will likely be holding things down at the linebacker positions --

but the Tennessee native should still see significant playing time as a true freshman.

And who knows, maybe he forces his way onto the field for the Vols in 2023.

Carter has the type of talent that can force a coach's hand when it comes to playing time. 


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