Tennessee Volunteers redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Austin Sanders suffered a torn biceps tendon in practice and will miss the 2015 season. Vols coach Butch Jones announced Sanders’ injury, which was reported by both Jerry Hinnen of CBS Sports and Ryan Callahan of 247 Sports’ Go Vols.
“He’ll be out for the entire year, and it’s really the same injury that Marcus Jackson had,” Jones said, per GoVols247. “It’s a bicep tendon, and it just happened with body position. He extended his arm. He was in a contact phase of a block and extended his arm, and his tendon went. He’s scheduled to have surgery here very shortly.
“We’ll monitor his academics. We love Austin and know that he’ll do a great job in recovery, but we’ve lost him for the year.”
This is the second time in as many weeks that Tennessee has lost an offensive lineman for the season, as starting guard Marcus Jackson was ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery for an unspecified injury and is expected to be on the shelf for eight to nine months.
Given how Sanders was expected to take Jackson’s spot at guard, Coach Jones may now have to get creative in terms of how he fills that now-gaping hole.
At this point, it’s looking like freshmen Jack Jones and Chance Hall will compete for the spot on the line.
Hopefully, despite these injuries, Tennessee can manage to continue improving under Jones’ watch.
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