KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee senior weakside linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin should play Saturday against Georgia, but the No. 11 Volunteers will likely be without sophomore Darrin Kirkland for the third-straight game.
Coach Butch Jones updated the status of his two All-SEC linebackers on Monday, saying he “fully anticipates” Reeves-Maybin suiting up against the Bulldogs. However, Kirkland remains “questionable to doubtful” with an ankle injury.
Reeves-Maybin — slowed by a shoulder injury sustained against Ohio — played sparingly in Tennessee’s 38-28 win over Florida, leaving the game early in the first quarter before trying to give it a go again after halftime. Jones praised the senior’s effort — albeit short-lived.
“You have to give that young man credit. He wanted to be a part of it,” Jones said.
“He even put himself back in the game on his own because it meant so much to him. I think the week of recovery he had last week (should help). He should be stronger and more ready to go this week.”
Kirkland, a sophomore, was injured late in the win over Virginia Tech, missing UT’s victories over Ohio and Florida. He was seen dancing in a boot following the crazy comeback on Saturday, but the sophomore just started “doing some land running,” per Jones
“We’ll know a little bit more later in the week,” Jones said.
“He’s finally doing some land running. He had been in the pool running. It’s very encouraging to see that.”