Trouble at WR: Rogers has torn ACL; Moore has broken foot; Jones slowed by wrist surgery

Tennessee doesn’t start fall camp for another three weeks, but the injuries are starting to pile up. Especially at wide receiver.

On Tuesday morning, head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh announced fifth-year senior Austin Rogers will miss the 2009 season with a torn knee ligament suffered last week during voluntary workouts. Later in the day, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin revealed in a radio interview that junior receiver Denarius Moore will likely miss “a couple” games due to a broken bone in his foot and receiver Gerald Jones, also a junior, will likely be limited through fall camp as he recovers from wrist surgery.

Kiffin told WNML that Moore would have a pin inserted in his foot during surgery today to repair a broken bone, while Jones has been slow to heal from offseason surgery and will have to wear a cast “most likely all the way through training camp.” Kiffin also said that Jones could possibly miss some games this fall.

All three players were expected to see playing time this fall, with Jones, one of UT’s most dynamic players on offense, listed as a starter coming out of spring practice and Moore as a possible starter. Rogers was listed as a backup, however he has started 19 games during his career for the Vols.

Moore will miss all of training camp, Kiffin said, and his absence could extend “well into the season.”

“We’ll try to find a way to move the ball otherwise,” Kiffin told WNML. “Those are really big losses for us, especially the receivers.”

Jones, who underwent surgery on June 10 to repair his injured left wrist, led the Vols last season with 30 catches for 323 yards, including four touchdowns. Moore was the Vols’ most consistent deep threat, picking up 271 yards on just 11 catches including a team-long 63-yard touchdown pass. Rogers, meanwhile, is UT’s most experienced receiver, and caught 14 passes last season for 180 yards.

Those injuries could open the door for players like Quintin Hancock, named UT’s most improved player this spring, as well as converted tight end Brandon Warren. Newcomers Nu’Keese Richardson, Zach Rogers and perhaps athlete Marsalis Teague will also see extended snaps in fall camp.

According to McVeigh, Austin Rogers tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday. Rogers is expected to undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

“It’s a huge blow,” quarterback Jonathan Crompton said. “Austin is one of the most experienced receivers we have. We’ve got to find somebody to replace him, and that’s what we’re doing starting today. We’ve got to find somebody and go from there. Obviously we wish him a speedy recovery.’’

Rogers, a fifth-year senior, could appeal to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. The Nashville native had already been granted a medical redshirt in 2006, when he injured his shoulder and a subsequent bout with mononucleosis kept him from returning to the lineup after playing in three games.

Without a successful appeal, Rogers’ career with the Vols would be over. Any appeal likely would come after Tennessee’s season ends.

The Vols’ recent history is mixed when it comes to extending the NCAA’s five-year eligibility clock.

Last season, cornerback Antonio Gaines was granted a sixth year after high school knee injury forced him to miss his freshman year in 2003 and another knee injury kept him from all but two games in 2007.

Also in 2007, tight end Brad Cottam was denied a sixth year after breaking his wrist in the final preseason scrimmage, although he played in UT’s final five games before being drafted in the third round by the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.

True freshman tailback Toney Williams will also miss the upcoming season with a torn ACL suffered during offseason workouts.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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kingsportvolfan writes:

best of luck to all for a speedy recovery!
hope someone steps up and feels the holes!
go vols!!!!

Bigger_Al writes:

Fiddlesticks. Always hate to lose a Senior that led the team in catches last season.

MikeHamiltonFan writes:

I hope Moore will heal well. Fred Weary never was the same after getting pins in his foot. Good news for Moore is that his body is not that big so his foot will not get pounded on as much. He needs to let it heal and not try to come back too fast or it will ruin his career.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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He's a member of the team. Who are you?

newtonrail writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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Do you kick children that fall down also, Naffy Ellison?

chad_t31 writes:

Of all the positions this could happen to. Hate to see anyone get injured but 3 wrs?? Man. Time for the young pups to step up. Wonder if this changes plans on trying to keep EB solely on defense or possibly using any of the freshman dbs on offense? I think it's a given now that teague will see his first action on offense.

OrangePride writes:

Like we didn't have enough trouble with the passing attack. These are really big holes in our development. The QB's need these atheletes so they can all sharpen their timing and patterns. Being out until the season opens or is underway really makes the entire preparation plan change. And on this subject, I don't recall these kinds of injuries in the past summer trainings. I am assuming it's happening now because of the new, higher intensity that is going into the 7 v 7 drills which would speak volumes to a new spirit and work ethic. So good luck to all of them and get well fast! Go Vols.

TnScooby writes:

Hate to hear these of these injuries at any time but especially now....hopefully all three will recover quick...Strength and Conditioning coach has nothing to do with these injuries...only an IDIOT would connect the two.....well consider the source....if trolls could read they might actually see the part of the article that said "voluntary workouts" were when Rogers' occurred... the Jones situation is from a past surgical procedure and Moore has a broken foot...again "suggest removal" is a wonderful tool to eradicate trolls and idiots....Rogers getting the sixth year of eligibility might be tough but who knows...

Go Vols!!

TnScooby writes:

And BTW, Ausmus is a Tennessee guy...get it right...once a Vol, always a Vol!!!!!!!

TnScooby writes:

in response to robvols:

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Amen...Patience Vol fans

Orangeblood13 writes:

Wanted: Playing time

Hey guys time to step up, nows your chance

TnScooby writes:

Well IMO I look for the ground game to be our saving grace this year and that would include receptions for RB's and FB's....the whole idea is play to your strengths and obviously in the beginning of CLK's watch we will feature the backs...heck our depth chart at RB will be RIDICULOUS....I for one am confident that whoever is the QB this year and in the future will be fine...Having success running the ball or utilizing the backs out of the backfield will only serve to take the pressure off the QB's.....JMO

Go Vols!!!

BillsBrother writes:

It's looking more and more like our running backs won't have to learn any complicated pass protection schemes...

ZacharyUTK writes:

Eric Berry can catch. Put him in.

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

There are rumors floating around on other message boards about an altercation involving "possibly" Moore, Jones, and a couple other vols with Kentucky players in Lexington over the weekend. If this altercation is true, I wonder if the injuries occurred during the fight.

TnScooby writes:

I can honestly say I am looking forward to seeing "play-action pass" being a successful part of the offense again....

VOLKING writes:

This just in. New KNS article titled: Trouble at QB; Crompton and Stephens are healthy. ;)

the10sevol writes:

woe is us...we'll have to run the ball...if only we had coaches who knew about running the ball, like they do at auburn, or say. minnesota...oh, wait...
GBO

givehim6 writes:

Think any of these injures have anything to do with UT changing condition coaches?

douglasawilliams#582863 writes:

in response to chad_t31:

Of all the positions this could happen to. Hate to see anyone get injured but 3 wrs?? Man. Time for the young pups to step up. Wonder if this changes plans on trying to keep EB solely on defense or possibly using any of the freshman dbs on offense? I think it's a given now that teague will see his first action on offense.

Teague will get some time at WR this season with the injuries. No need to panic, maybe this is all for the best, it may force CLK to start Nuke and Warren immediately. I don't think we should use Berry at WR too many other options to use like Teague. EB is the franchise keep him fresh for defense. It sure doesn't help losing Gerald for some early games. Maybe this other Rodgers can give us a spark to.

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

Wasn't Brent Vinson rated as a 5 star wideout when we got him? We seem to be loaded at DB, maybe they should get him over on offense as a stopgap. Couldn't hurt...

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to TnScooby:

Well IMO I look for the ground game to be our saving grace this year and that would include receptions for RB's and FB's....the whole idea is play to your strengths and obviously in the beginning of CLK's watch we will feature the backs...heck our depth chart at RB will be RIDICULOUS....I for one am confident that whoever is the QB this year and in the future will be fine...Having success running the ball or utilizing the backs out of the backfield will only serve to take the pressure off the QB's.....JMO

Go Vols!!!

Not having a receiver you have to double or one you fear going deep is big advantage defense. A simple offense is easier to stop if you have the horses-many teams in SEC have those horse. Hoping for the best. Go Vols

ravensearay writes:

It's time for Brandon warren to live up to his Freshman All-american status.

MidTennVol writes:

Hope Rogers appeals. He's one of the toughest, most dependable short-route receivers I've seen at Tennessee in a few years. The guy was money across the middle -- fearless. Would be a shame to see his career at UT end this way.

ethanfrome writes:

Stay positive Vols, we still have new coaches.

cloudodust writes:

Guess we'll see if CLK can think outside the box of old and create a work of art with what he has to work. Makes losing Charles a tad larger, though.

lildhoss76ut#638162 writes:

We are gonna drop a NUKE on the SEC this year.lol

rootin4volz writes:

The newbies need to open up those playbooks now, and get themselves ready to take some snaps in fall camp! We'll be okay...heck, maybe Nu'Keese will even get himself ready to torch the Gayterds for 6!

Rockytop38 writes:

We will definately have to have some WR's to compliment the running game. Hope we can come up with some. Go Vols!

rockytopron writes:

Rogers can't "catch"... a break.

19SEP09 writes:

How did Moore hurt his foot? Was he kicking somebody on Lexington?

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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I stand corrected. I misread the sentence about Jones, not Rogers.

cc623 writes:

Nothing breeds growth and developement of freshman like opportunity.These guys are going to get playing time laid in their laps and some will fail but there are some who will rise to the occasion and shine.

seventysevenvol writes:

in response to cc623:

Nothing breeds growth and developement of freshman like opportunity.These guys are going to get playing time laid in their laps and some will fail but there are some who will rise to the occasion and shine.

well said...and true.

voloffaith writes:

in response to stonercomedy:

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No they said the real truth was it bounced off someones head and they later discovered this when the afflicted posted a remark which wasn't funny at all.

On topic, rehab and encourage your teammates to excellence!

Colliervol writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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In light of your prejudiced viewpoint, your opinion is irrelevant. Doesn't count, never has, never will. Might as well be talking to yourself because nobody is listening anymore.

Where is the Ignore button on this thing anyway?

lomas98 writes:

The transfers of Paige and Maples will hurt as well. I know they never saw the field with previous regime, but they were bodies who could compete and at least help. Not signing Marlon Brown and/or Stokes last year hurt our receiver depth as well and was huge not to get either of them. This is the reason that we do not have a QB signed yet. Who are they going to throw it to? With the production likely limited anyway I don't think the passing game will really sell a QB to want to come here. Hopefully Hancock will step up as he is a big receiver with decent speed. Still not sure about Warren as a WR. A lot of screens and slot patterns this year. Too bad Lucas Taylor or Briscoe not on the team anymore. Everyone bad mouthed them last year but they would be welcome now.

FWBVol writes:

These types of injuries are why the off season is so important for college football now. Maybe the coaches can't be at the workouts and drills, but the QBs and receivers are getting their timing down and the freshmen are going against the DBs and learning the speed of the game.

The lack of experience we might have at receiver concerns me, but the overall talent should be OK.

hotrodvol writes:

Here is some good recruiting news. This guy will be a beast in college. UT just might take this one from UM.

http://www.tharinger.com/2010%20state...

voloffaith writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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What little,if any,credibility you had was tossed when you say dropped'every pass'. Yes, basically fearless going across middle. Also someone called you out and had stats to backup that your accusations were inaccurate.

BTW momma says it's time to come in for a nappy(or naffy) poo.......

goodday Paul Harvey page 3

Colliervol writes:

in response to robvols:

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Exactly. This is just indicative of the lack of depth and talent that the previous coaches left this team with. And some positions are worse than WR. On the plus side, there really weren't that many game breakers in the WR corps anyway and they were going to have to rely on other mechanisms to move the ball and score. Whoever they plug in at WR isn't going to make a huge difference. I expect a lot of running the ball and short passes to the backs and tight ends.

Colliervol writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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Again, your prejudice against Rogers and any other player of the pale persuasion renders your opinion useless. We had PLENTY of other players and coaches that cost us more than two games over the last several years and you continue to harp on Austin Rogers. You are the one who needs to look at yourself in the mirror and "get real". End of discussion.

hotrodvol writes:

It looks like Scroggins and Bailey will annouce their choice of schools Thursday or Friday.

y9since80 writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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I really cant believe you said that. I thought you were against all white athletes. Guess I was wrong.

mbradshaw1#655539 writes:

in response to hotrodvol:

It looks like Scroggins and Bailey will annouce their choice of schools Thursday or Friday.

Where is that info?

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

in response to hotrodvol:

It looks like Scroggins and Bailey will annouce their choice of schools Thursday or Friday.

source?

hotrodvol writes:

in response to mbradshaw1#655539:

Where is that info?

http://www.tharinger.com/forums/showt...

Scroggs will be camping at Oregon Thurs. and Fri.. It's also on other sites as well. It looks like everyone is picking him to go to USC.

newtonrail writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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You woke up Naffy? Go into the Light and perhaps you'll disappear again.

newtonrail writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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Naffy he's white. And you are a racist.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to kingsportvolfan:

best of luck to all for a speedy recovery!
hope someone steps up and feels the holes!
go vols!!!!

Feels the holes? Think outside the bun, brother...

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