With his future very much in doubt, senior Curt Maggitt will take part in Tennessee’s Senior Day festivities as if it will be his last game in Neyland Stadium.
Maggitt, who has played defensive end and linebacker, has been sidelined with a hip injury since the Vols’ second game of the season. Tennessee coach Butch Jones said recently that it’s possible Maggitt could return for Tennessee’s bowl game, but that the defensive star’s chance of playing in the regular season was a long shot.
Maggitt is not expected to play Saturday against Vanderbilt. During Jones’ weekly press conference, though, he said Maggitt will be honored as a departing senior during pregame ceremonies.
Maggitt would appear to have a strong case for a sixth year of eligibility if he wanted to pursue it. The senior suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament late in the 2012 season and subsequently redshirted in 2013.
Jones, however, has been vague about Maggitt’s plans. The senior could decide to forgo the NCAA appeal process and enter the NFL draft. Maggitt’s best season was in 2014 when he had 11 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss.