KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee football coach Butch Jones confirmed projected right tackle starter Chance Hall will miss the entire 2017 season.
Jones gave an update on the junior’s status after Friday’s practice.
“Chance Hall will be out this season,” Jones said. “He’s going to have surgery, and he’ll have a redshirt year. He’ll come back and be stronger than ever for it. He’ll be out.”
Hall played in six games in 2016, missing seven games with injuries. He missed the first three games of the season because of a knee surgery.
Hall played in 10 games at right tackle as a true freshman. He had a torn Achilles tendon that season, but still started the last seven games of the season.
Redshirt senior Brett Kendrick might be the early odds-on favorite for replacing Hall on the line. Kendrick started in every game last season playing with six of those starts at right tackle.
Jones did not speculate on Hall’s status for the spring practice in 2018.
“I don’t know, we’ll cross that bridge,” Jones said. “There hasn’t even been a date set yet for the surgery.”
Other linemen out
Jones gave updates on three other offensive linemen who missed Friday’s practice.
“We had a couple of offensive linemen out today in Trey Smith, Brett Kendrick and Marcus Tatum,” Jones said. “They’ll all be back, some maybe tomorrow, maybe Sunday or Tuesday. Nothing significant.”
Tennessee will need the trio to come back as soon as possible. The Vols will need to quickly piece together their new starting lineup with Hall out.
Jones said he still feels good about the group of linemen despite the loss of Hall.
“I’m very confident,” Jones said. “It’s valuable reps these kids are getting now. They are having a lot thrown at them. Obviously, we’ll get those three individuals back here in a day or two, but its continuity and have to keep that competitive battle going. We need to get them back.”
Tennessee opens the season on Sept. 4 against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.