After three years of waiting, local Vol fans finally got to see their dreams come true.
Former Pioneer K’Rojhn Calbert took the field at Neyland Stadium Saturday as a starter, his first since signing with the Vols back in 2017. Calbert played all but one offensive snap in the first half, helping the Vols build a huge lead in an eventual 45-0 victory over Chattanooga.
Calbert, a redshirt sophomore, played sparingly last year, then was limited in the team’s first two games this season dealing with an injury. After an 0-2 start, the Vols made some changes on the line.
Inserting Calbert seemed to be a catalyst to improved play.
“We definitely improved from last week to this week,” said coach Jeremy Pruitt in his postgame press conference Saturday. “I thought on the offensive front, playing Darnell Wright at guard for the first time and K’Rojhn Calbert at tackle, it was good to get both of those guys out there.”
Calbert helped pave the way for a rushing attack which averaged 5.1 yards per carry and finished with 195 yards rushing. Tennessee also didn’t allow a sack in the outing.
The coming-out party for Calbert had been building all year.
“K’Rojhn had a really good spring and fall camp. He’s not had an opportunity to play a lot in the last couple of years because he’s been injured, but he’s a guy that has some talent,” said Pruitt postgame. “He’s a big physical guy that can move folks. He missed the first couple of practices, or maybe the first four practices getting ready to play Georgia State. We weren’t really as comfortable putting him in the game then. He’s worked hard and improved.”
At Monday’s weekly release, Calbert was slated as the starter at right tackle heading into Saturday’s road contest at Florida.
Local Vol faithful can check out No. 74 this Saturday when the Vols kick off on ESPN at 11 a.m.