COLUMBIA, S.C. — A representation of Tennessee’s injury issues was on display at the coin toss at midfield of Williams-Brice Stadium before Saturday night’s game.
Vols quarterback and team captain Josh Dobbs was flanked by three other players (and captains) who were shabbily dressed in street and gym clothes: cornerback Cam Sutton, linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and tailback Alvin Kamara.
Kamara, who Jones has declared out for next week’s game against Tennessee Tech, was wearing a brace on his left leg.
Tennessee’s secondary was missing two starters when the game began (TV: ESPN2), as first reported by SEC Country earlier Saturday afternoon.
Cornerback Malik Foreman did not travel with the team, and safety Micah Abernathy was dressed but did not start the game.
Evan Berry started in place of Abernathy at safety, and Baylen Buchanan got the start at cornerback in place of Foreman.
It’s Vols’ seventh different starting combination in the secondary.
The Vols’ offensive line, meanwhile, consisted of:
• Left tackle Brett Kendrick
• Left guard Jashon Robertson
• Center Dylan Wiesman
• Right guard Jack Jones
• Right tackle Chance Hall
Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. made his first start since the Sept. 10 Virginia Tech game, while Shy Tuttle made his first career start at defensive tackle.