It has to be hard for Curt Maggitt — and Tennessee fans — to wonder what might have been.
The former Tennessee defensive end/linebacker agreed to a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts after a career with the Vols marred by injuries. His 2015 season ended after two games because of a hip injury. He suffered an ACL injury in 2012 and missed the entire 2013 season, in part, to help Tennessee rebuild with another year of eligibility.
After sitting out the 2013 season, Maggitt hit the field with a vengeance in 2014. He had a team-best 11 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss, which was second-best among the Vols. Maggitt then returned for his senior season before it was cut short by another injury.
Maggitt started eight games as a freshman in 2011. He registered 56 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss that season. According to Tennessee’s sports information department, Maggitt is believed to be one of only two true freshmen to start at linebacker at Tennessee, along with former teammate A.J. Johnson, who started alongside him in 2011.
At 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, Maggitt fits the bill as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. However, his ultimate potential most likely will be determined by his health. Maggitt is renowned for his passion and intensity. If healthy, he should serve an NFL team well.
Other former Tennessee players to sign free-agent contracts include tight end Alex Ellis (Tennessee Titans), receiver Alton “Pig” Howard (Oakland Raiders) and receiver Marquez North (Los Angeles Rams).