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So anxious to start his Tennessee career that he became a regular on the sidelines during spring practice, Devrin Young will have to wait a little longer for his first official workout with the program.
On the eve of the start of camp and the first practice of fall camp, the Vols announced a fractured right collarbone for the Bearden product who was expected to compete for a role on special teams as a returner and could have added some versatility as an offensive weapon as well.
The recovery time has yet to be determined for Young, and his status is now up in the air for the season opener against Montana on Sept. 3. According to UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton, his availability will be based on additional, follow-up evaluations.
Young was a fixture on the sidelines during spring practice, showing up regularly to try to get a jump on learning the offense and also sizing up his competition for playing time this fall.
"It's kind of obvious, I'm just right down the street," Young told the News Sentinel in May. "If I was a coach and a hometown kid wasn't at the practices, I would question his commitment and his seriousness about playing for my program."
"I was looking out for competition. I was watching the speed of the practice and the intensity. I was just watching the plays out of the playbook that I've been trying to memorize and compare with that. Really just the whole environment of D-I football practice."
The News Sentinel PrepXtra Offensive Player of the Year last year will have to wait a bit to put that background to use.
Young was expected to at least be in the mix for UT on special teams, where it struggled mightily a season ago to generate much yardage or even consistently field the ball.The 5-8, 165-pounder also could have provided a change of pace offensively with his quickness and elusiveness, which helped him pile up 7,422 all-purpose yards and 83 touchdowns with Bearden.
Now, all that will be on hold for an indeterminate amount of time.