Tennessee offensive lineman Jashon Robertson was once again a topic of conversation in coach Butch Jones’ weekly press conference on Monday. Of course, the narrative centered around Robertson’s injured ankle.
“It’s no worse than what it has been in the past with his ankle,” Jones said when asked about the injury.
Robertson tried to play against Kentucky on Saturday. He started the game at left guard but left during Tennessee’s first offensive series. He was replaced by senior Mack Crowder.
“I give Jashon Robertson a lot of credit,” Jones said. “He’s maintained a great, positive attitude..He’s battled and battled and battled. It’s the same nagging injury.
Robertson suffered the ankle injury during preseason camp. He aggravated it during the UGA game and was unavailable for the Alabama game.
“I can’t wait to get a healthy Jashon Robertson back because the sky is the limit for him,” Jones said.
Jones said junior receiver Marquez North will be a game-time decision. North has been sidelined after undergoing knee surgery early this season. Jones said North is still sore and stiff, but Tennessee is trying to get him ready to play this week.
Jones said senior Curt Maggitt will have an MRI later this week to determine when he may be available to return, if at all. The linebacker/defensive end has a chipped bone in his hip and could be out for the season. Tennessee is expected to seek a possible sixth year of NCAA eligibility for Maggitt, who also missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a knee injury in 2012.
Jones also said receiver Jason Croom is doubtful this week with a sore knee.