KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In October, Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle suffered a devastating season-ending injury for the second straight year, but the sophomore has maintained a positive outlook despite facing another lengthy rehab.
“His spirits are good,” said All-American defensive end Derek Barnett, who is one of Tuttle’s best friends on the team.
“He’s been rehabbing hard every day. I just saw him out there after practice. He came out sweating. He’d just gotten done working out. He’s working out hard.”
A year after breaking his ankle against Georgia, Tuttle tore multiple ligaments in his knee in Tennessee’s loss to South Carolina on Oct. 29 — a brutal blow for player with sky-high potential.
Tuttle flashed as both a freshman and a sophomore, tallying 19 total tackles with 2 pass breakups and a blocked kick. He worked his way back from last season’s injury into the starting lineup, only to suffer an even worse setback.
Now, Tuttle faces a long road to recovery, with WNML’s Jimmy Hyams reporting earlier this week that the tackle could be out until next August — at the earliest. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a redshirt year was in Tuttle’s future.
Source: Vols DT Shy Tuttle will miss spring ball and might not
return until August or later. Injury was worse than 2015 injury.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) December 9, 2016
Still, Barnett believes Tuttle will be back and return as good as ever. His positivity and persistence through adversity has inspired Barnett, too.
“I get motivation from him,” he said. “Seeing him go through tough injuries like that. It makes me want to work harder. You never know when something like that could happen. His spirits are good right now. I’m proud of him because he’s working hard.”