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.