UT linebacker Curt Maggitt may be out for rest of the season

Tennessee linebacker Curt Maggitt (56) is helped off the field after a play during the second half against Missouri at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. UT lost in four overtimes 51-48. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee linebacker Curt Maggitt (56) is helped off the field after a play during the second half against Missouri at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. UT lost in four overtimes 51-48. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee sophomore linebacker Curt Maggitt may be done for the season if the knee injury he suffered Saturday in a four-overtime 51-48 loss to Missouri is as serious as it appeared.

Maggitt had to be helped from the field and left on crutches, favoring his right knee.

Replays showed his leg bending awkwardly. Coach Derek Dooley didn't talk about the injury on his weekly television show Sunday, but could address it today. On Twitter, Maggitt retweeted sympathetic messages from fans but did not elaborate on the extent of his injury.

If Maggitt can't return, senior Willie Bohannon would be the top candidate for more snaps.

* Freshman safety LaDarrell McNeil also missed some of the second half due to an undisclosed injury. Dooley is expected to update his status today.

* Although Tennessee statistically dominated the first half against Missouri, the Vols missed opportunities to build an even bigger lead, Dooley said Sunday.

Tennessee lost three points on a missed field goal and Marlin Lane fumbled near the end zone, costing the Vols a potential touchdown.

"You can't make these mistakes," Dooley said. "We have times we can pull away and pour it on, and we don't do it."

Mizzou managed only 64 yards in the first half. The Tigers' only touchdown came on an 87-yard kickoff return by Jimmie Hunt.

"We've been so good on our coverage units," Dooley said. "They had a real special return guy (Marcus Murphy) and we kick it to the guy who's not the special one, and it's just bad coverage."

Instead of a potential 31-0 lead, the Vols led 21-7 at the half.

"Those things come back to haunt you, and it did in this game," Dooley said.

** On his TV show, Dooley said the Vols could still make a bowl game if they win out, but he candidly referred to it as a "bottom-tier goal."

The Vols would likely be sent to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Liberty Bowl in Memphis or the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., if they go 6-6.

"We're down, but we're not out," Dooley said. "We can't (go to a bowl) if we don't dust ourselves off and go play next week."

** Tennessee was flagged 11 times for 80 yards Saturday, the second week in a row that the Vols were hurt by excessive penalties.

The Vols were flagged 10 times for 98 yards in the win against Troy.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Comments » 18

fearthehound writes:

Oh ok, sorry Curt. Hope you get better real soon. When you recover next spring, I got a feeling you'll be reporting to a different staff.

Prostar writes:

Just another example that we're not a very well coached team. Twenty one penalties for 178 yards in 2 games. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE

govols0463 writes:

Curt...thanks for your effort, but stay out and get yourself better man. I'm confident help is on the way for you guys.

I concur with Prostar. 178 yds on 21 penalties in 2 games. You're not gonna' tell me there is any discipline, correction, or consequences for mistakes in practice because they're continually made on game day. Poorest coached football team in the history of the game.

Ironcity writes:

Rough year for Maggitt. Just never was healthy. this injury doesn't sound good. ACL rehab would be cutting it close for the start of the year. Problem is its tougher for an LB who has to make so many sharp cuts and changes in direction. This is going to really test Curts courage and dedication. I think he will be up to the task based on what I have seen of him. Good luck Curt the Vol nation is behind you.we are

RaineyVol writes:

Curt is the BIG bright spot on this defense.

jack4444 writes:

"Those things come back to haunt you, and it did in this game," Dooley said...

You mean like when you were ahead 28-14 and 28-21 in the last part of the thrid quarter and entire fouth quarter when they were blitzing and playing up, gambling and you kept trying to eat clock and became passive and risk averse unlike the first half?

Playing not to lose don't hack it.

wildmed writes:

Bowl talk at this point is absolutely rediculous. Maybe we should actually DO the things necessary to get a bowl invitation instead of making participation in the post-season a matter-of-fact conclusion. And by the way, who in the world would buy tickets to any bowl that would HAVE the Vols?

fearthehound writes:

in response to wildmed:

Bowl talk at this point is absolutely rediculous. Maybe we should actually DO the things necessary to get a bowl invitation instead of making participation in the post-season a matter-of-fact conclusion. And by the way, who in the world would buy tickets to any bowl that would HAVE the Vols?

As Groucho Marx said, ' I wouldn't care to join any club that would accept me as a member'.

Sir_Spanky writes:

"We're down, but we're not out," Dooley said. "We can't (go to a bowl) if we don't dust ourselves off and go play next week."

Bowl game? Good Lord. Why drag this 3 ring circus out any longer? The University has suffered enough damage already.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Hate it for Maggitt. Yet another example of a Florida kid with high potential going up there and having his career go down the drain.

Orangepuddinskin writes:

Maggitt and AJ have been bright spots for us. I hate to see more injury issues for Curt. His one saving grace can be that he doesn't have to represent this pathetically coached team on the field anymore this year.

CoverOrange writes:

Bowl game? Maybe a bowel game. Regardless, the defense could use an extra couple of weeks of practice.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Playing an injured Maggitt' was gambling against him getting hurt even worse but considering the state of our defense we had no choice...Gotta love this kid for giving his all no matter what!

VOLinATL writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

"We're down, but we're not out," Dooley said. "We can't (go to a bowl) if we don't dust ourselves off and go play next week."

Bowl game? Good Lord. Why drag this 3 ring circus out any longer? The University has suffered enough damage already.

So, you prefer to lose to Vandy and KY? That is a better alternative?

Tenn_Traveler writes:

Hang in there Curt. You are an outstanding football player, teammate and VOL!!!!! Get healthy and come back next year to be all SEC!!

JonGrudensAgent writes:

I thought Maggitt's injury looked pretty rough on the replay.

This confirms it and I hope he does well with the rehab and can come back strong next season because we will need him.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Still, I hope we beat Vandy and UK.

volpreacher writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

"We're down, but we're not out," Dooley said. "We can't (go to a bowl) if we don't dust ourselves off and go play next week."

Bowl game? Good Lord. Why drag this 3 ring circus out any longer? The University has suffered enough damage already.

Why, because you can have recruits seeing you are in a bowl even though its a small one and plus you get an extra month to practice for next year. That's why. Go Vols.

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