KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Shy Tuttle suffered a devastating injury in Tennessee’s comeback win over Georgia last season, but the promising sophomore defensive tackle isn’t looking for revenge on Saturday (3:30 p.m., CBS) — at least according to teammates and his head coach.
Tuttle broke his leg and tore multiple ligaments in his ankle on a questionable block by UGA center Brandon Kublanow. The former Top-50 prospect hoed a long road to get back this offseason, missing Tennessee’s opener against Appalachian State.
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“It’s unfortunate that it happened, but Shy has recovered from it,” Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday.
“You can’t focus on that. You have to focus on the task at hand and winning your 1-on-1 matchups. I don’t even think he’s thinking about that, and neither are we.”
That may not be totally true, though, as junior All-American end Derek Barnett said Tuesday that Tuttle is “excited to play this game.”
Furthermore, Jones recently told the Knoxville Quarterback Club that the injury was “unacceptable.”
Still, the 6-foot-2, 310-pound tackle has overcome the rough injury, working his way back into the rotation for Tennessee. The sophomore has 3 tackles, 1 pass breakup and a fumble recovery in three games this year.
“We’re not focused on what happened last year,” Barnett said, adding Tuttle’s injury didn’t make him “happy.”
“Stuff happens. We’re past that. It happened last year. Shy is back healthy. He’ll be ready to play this weekend.”