KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is still recovering from one of the most brutal schedules in school history, a leftover issue from former athletic director Dave Hart and a lesson for future scheduling down the road.
The Vols, who opened the 2016 campaign with four FBS division champs, are still not completely healthy even after an ideal offseason of training with new strength and conditioning coach Rock Gullickson.
Senior Colton Jumper, a former walk-on, was a curious choice to talk with media on Tuesday, perhaps a sign that incumbent Darrin Kirkland Jr. won’t be healthy in time for the opener.
Kirkland has proven injury prone, from suffering an ankle injury, to a hamstring and most recently a knee injury.
Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss the injuries, and why the linebacking corps is emerging as the greatest position group of concern and what it could mean for the future of linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen.
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