Shy Tuttle’s long road to recovery seems to have an end in sight.
After suffering a broken fibula against Georgia last season, the Tennessee defensive tackle has been cleared to run and the Vols are hopeful that he will be back for the season opener against Appalachian State on Sept. 3, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Dustin Dopirak.
“Shy Tuttle is progressing,” Jones said, per Dopirak. “He’ll be limited in August camp. We have to do a great job of making sure he’s in shape, but he’s been cleared to run. He’s worked exceptionally hard, but it’s going to be touch and go every day. It’s going to be how his body works to heal. Every day, we’ll know a little something more. We anticipate him being ready for the first game, but we’ll see how that goes.”
Tuttle played in six games last season while collecting 10 tackles as a freshman. The 6-foot-2, 311-pound defensive lineman was rated as a 4-star recruit out of North Davidson High School (Lexington, NC), and the nation’s No. 9 defensive tackle, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
The Vols hope that Tuttle can be productive this season along with fellow defensive linemen Derek Barnett and Kahlil McKenzie.