Tennessee’s options at tight end are dwindling after sophomore Brendan Downs suffered a serious knee injury in Friday night’s scrimmage.
Coach Derek Dooley said Downs dislocated his patella and would miss a good “chunk” of the season.
That leaves little depth behind starting tight end Mychal Rivera, who also has missed much of camp with injury.
Tight end was a position of strength for the Vols this summer. But sophomore Cameron Clear was dismissed after being charged with stealing a laptop.
Since camp opened, Rivera, Downs, Justin Meredith and Joseph Ayres have suffered injuries.
Rivera’s knee injury is not thought to be serious and the senior is familiar with the offense, coachessaid.
“We’re not going to change our offense,” Dooley said, “but we may move some parts around.”
Today was the Vols’ annual media day. Players posed for a team photo in the Neyland Stadium bleachers, then did interviews and photos on the field and inside at the Lauricella Center at the corner of the North end zone.
Tennessee goes back to practice Sunday afternoon.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.