Shy Tuttle progressing
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – With one Tennessee player announced out for the 2017 season, another one is making progress toward a return.
Coach Butch Jones announced right tackle Chance Hall would miss the season with a knee injury. However, defensive tackle Shy Tuttle took to the practice field Friday in full pads.
“Shy is continuing to progress,” Jones said. “He’s working individual drills. He has not done any team activities, yet. He continues to progress and we are very encouraged so far.”
Although Tuttle may not be ready for the season opener against Georgia Tech on Sept. 4 in Atlanta, Jones said Tuttle has made strides in the right direction.
“He’s maybe a little bit ahead of schedule,” Jones said. “Again, he’s doing the individual drills. He’s doing some movement. You can see him getting better and better each day with his movements. That’s been the encouraging thing.”
A tear in Tuttle’s right knee kept him from playing in the final five games of the 2016 season. Tuttle played in six games in the 2015 season before suffering a broken left fibula.
The injuries have not kept Tuttle’s spirits down according to Jones.
“It’s really encouraging when you get him out here in full pads today, and he’s doing individual drills with teammates,” Jones said. “It’s extremely encouraging. He’s worked very hard. So, you can see the excitement as well in his demeanor.”
Tuttle can be a disruptive force on the defensive line when healthy. The junior has 19 tackles, 1 for a loss and two fumble recoveries in his career.
Fellow defensive linemen have taken notice of Tuttle’s progress in his rehab from injury.
“Shy is doing great,” Kendal Vickers said. “He looks like he’s getting back in shape, in football shape. He’s been looking like he can move on his knee and stuff like that. I’m looking forward to getting him out there.”