HOOVER, Ala. — Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin was vague when asked about his shoulder injury Tuesday afternoon at SEC Media Days.
“I’m still rehabbing, I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent yet, but I’m progressing great,” said Reeves-Maybin, one of three Vols at the Wynfrey Hotel representing the SEC East Division favorites.
“I’m looking to be back during camp, and I guess that’s the answer,” he said. “I can’t give you a specific time or a specific percent that I’m at, but it’s getting there, and I don’t look at it as a worry.”
Reeves-Maybin, who led UT with 105 tackles and 14 tackles for loss in 2015, suffered a shoulder injury during spring drills that forced him to miss the annual Orange and White Game and have his arm placed in a sling.
The Vols open the season on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Neyland Stadium against Appalachian State.
Reeves-Maybin, who has not missed a start the past two seasons, was guardedly optimistic he’ll be ready for the opener.
“I should be, as long as I keep progressing,” Reeves-Maybin said. “I try not to speak in absolutes, but that’s the goal and that’s what I’m working toward, so I don’t see any reasons I can’t be there.”