Alton Howard to miss preseason with foot injury

LaTroy Lewis, left, and Alton Howard, right, carry a board during the "UT Athletics Blitz Build" initiative in conjunction with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity in South Knoxville on Saturday.

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LaTroy Lewis, left, and Alton Howard, right, carry a board during the "UT Athletics Blitz Build" initiative in conjunction with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity in South Knoxville on Saturday.

Alton "Pig" Howard signs with Tennessee

A promising Tennessee receiving corps suffered a setback Friday when freshman wide receiver Alton “Pig” Howard underwent surgery on his left foot.

The injury will prevent Howard from taking part in preseason football practice. He could join the Vols early in the regular season, according to Jimmy Stanton, UT’s associate athletic director of communications,

Stanton didn’t have specific details on the injury or surgery.

Howard is one of the most heralded recruits in the 2012 signing class. The four-star recruit from Orlando, Fla., already has impressed veteran teammates with his speed and elusiveness during voluntary summer workouts.

Cornerback Marsalis Teague, one of the UT seniors involved in a Habitat for Humanity project Saturday, brought up Howard when asked what player he was most curious to see in game action.

“Just because of his running ability and speed,” said Teague, who has gone against Howard this summer in seven-on-seven drills. “He’s a hard worker. So he’s one of those guys I wanted to see what he would look like once he got on the field.”

When linebacker Herman Lathers was asked the same question, he also mentioned the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Howard.

“I’m excited to see him play,” Lathers said. “He’s really fast.”

UT isn’t lacking for proven receivers. Junior Da’Rick Rogers made first-team All-SEC last season; Justin Hunter, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the third game last year, could be a first-round NFL draft pick if he decides to turn pro after the 2012 season, his third at UT.

Senior Zach Rogers, who has 10 career starts, also returns.

The Vols added four more receivers in 2012 recruiting class, including Howard and junior college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson.

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Comments » 18

VolGrad writes:

Got high hopes for this kid; he seems to have a great attitude as per his tweets.

Go Vols!!!

tennrich1 writes:

in response to TennVolAlum:

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Yeah, I know!

johnlg00 writes:

Sad to hear. Not sure how much PT he would have gotten at WR this year with the depth and experience ahead of him, but I'm sure we all wanted to see what he could do as a returner. He might have made "special teams" rather special again.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Sad to hear. Not sure how much PT he would have gotten at WR this year with the depth and experience ahead of him, but I'm sure we all wanted to see what he could do as a returner. He might have made "special teams" rather special again.

I think the coaches were looking at installing a package for him...apparently he's that fast and quick...

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to TennVolAlum:

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He was rather large as a small boy.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Get well soon so you can get in the mix!

Go Vols!

VFL_Troll_Patrol writes:

Bring on the Trolls!!
Mike "The Troll Patrol" Jones says
*Im Always Watching*

GO VOLS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXoHG_...

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

Well, we're deep at WR, and loaded with talent. No reason to push him to get back on the field until he's 100%.

WestTNVFL writes:

Get well soon AH!!!!GBO!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Well, we're deep at WR, and loaded with talent. No reason to push him to get back on the field until he's 100%.

No doubt..Completely agree..GBO!

lomas98 writes:

Looks like a redshirt season. If they are saying he could rejoin in mid season, he probably won't play. Lathers was supposed to be back after Florida game last year according to initial reports.

laraccoon writes:

i read an article on here the other day and i saw a couple of words i had not seen in a while when referring to U T football "redshirt freshman" . i know alot of people have high expectations this year , and i hope they do exceed them, but im afraid were still 1 or 2 years away . Quality depth takes time !

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to lomas98:

Looks like a redshirt season. If they are saying he could rejoin in mid season, he probably won't play. Lathers was supposed to be back after Florida game last year according to initial reports.

We are very thin at LB and quite the opposite at the WR position..But I think Pig would have gotten in as a kick/punt returner.You're correct with our depth he could easily red-shirt.

VolGrad writes:

in response to VFL_Troll_Patrol:

Bring on the Trolls!!
Mike "The Troll Patrol" Jones says
*Im Always Watching*

GO VOLS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXoHG_...

Good handle there.

A Proud Member of the VolEnforcement Community
Go Vols!!!

Bigger_Al writes:

I think Mr. Howard's gonna be a favorite at some point in Neyland. If we can get to Opening Day with Da'Rick, Justin, Patterson, and Zach healthy, I'll be happy.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

I think Mr. Howard's gonna be a favorite at some point in Neyland. If we can get to Opening Day with Da'Rick, Justin, Patterson, and Zach healthy, I'll be happy.

If we can get through the Florida game without any torn ACL injuries, I'll be ecstatic!

Go Vols!!!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

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Thanks for the link, Gen. Very refreshing to finally read some positive news about some of the newer players!!

AllVol1 writes:

Dang! Alton and Cordarelle are the two recruits I am the most excited to see. Does anyone know: was it a nagging problem or a recent injury? Any word on time of recovery? Arrgghhh!

Go Vols!

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