Curt Maggitt out for rest of season with torn ACL

Troy running back Shawn Southward (20) is stopped Tennessee's LaDarrell McNeil (33), Jaron Toney (35) and Curt Maggitt (56) during their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 55-48. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Amy Smotherman Burgess)

Troy running back Shawn Southward (20) is stopped Tennessee's LaDarrell McNeil (33), Jaron Toney (35) and Curt Maggitt (56) during their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 55-48. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Amy Smotherman Burgess)

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)

Tennessee linebacker Curtis Maggitt’s frustrating sophomore season is finished.

Maggitt suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during last Saturday’s loss to Missouri. He will miss the final two games of the season and spring practice, but should be able to return for preseason camp in 2013.

Senior reserve Willie Bohannon could be first in line to replace Maggitt when the Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) play at Vanderbilt (6-4, 4-3) on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 7 p.m.)

“Thanks for all the prayers and support!” Maggitt wrote on Twitter. “God has a plan! Can’t wait to get back!”

Maggitt was named to the freshman All-SEC team last year but struggled with turf toe and a shoulder “stinger” this season.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Maggitt’s absence was noticeable on the final drive in regulation when Missouri converted two fourth downs and scored the game-tying touchdown.

“That was a real blow and hurt us that last drive,” Dooley said.

Maggitt finished the season with 30 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup in nine games. Maggitt had 56 tackles, or 5.1 per game, a year ago.

“It hurts,” said fellow linebacker Herman Lathers. “Maggitt is a good player and a good defensive mind, so we have to have guys step up and play when he’s not there.”

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

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Vols4life77 writes:

That's ashame, curt is a really good player and seems like a great person as well. When I saw it and watched the replay I thought it may be his ACL but was hoping he just sprained it. Wish you the best of luck in your recovery and I'm sure we will see you back at it in the fall.

pcorange writes:

Hope he recovers well and has a great season next year. He was a bright spot on an otherwise lackluster defensive unit. He will be missed.

Volunatic writes:

I hate that for him. It didn't look good when they were helping off the field.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Curt!

423tiger18 writes:

Godspeed...

dvhill100 writes:

Good luck next year young man. Work hard and come back ready to tackle the world.

govols0463 writes:

Get well Curt! Pulling for you.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

Sorry to hear about this set back...Hope you do well in your rehab! Chin up!...Better days ahead! GBO!

wigmeister writes:

Too bad! One of the real good guys! Wish you a speedy and complete recovery!

lstbodeanvol writes:

Curt, thanks for being a Vol. I have enjoyed watching you play the past two years and know you have battled injuires all year while still playing. Rest up and heal up...look forward to your return...thanks for your dedication...now GO VOLS !!!!!

123forVOLS writes:

Always hate to see this but wish Curt Maggitt all the best in his surgery and rehab. Get it all well man and back to work as soon as possible. Football is one very violent game. There is no way around it. But the will to get beyond it is strong and CM will do it!

Bigger_Al writes:

Curt Maggitt! Curt Maggitt won't Quit!
Curt Maggitt! Curt Maggitt won't Quit!

(Sorry - MC Hammer reference...)

Get well soon.

volnsc writes:

Hang in there Big Guy. We need you with AJ next season. You're a great player. Kepp that dobber up.

jack4444 writes:

He hasn't been healthy since Atlanta. Here's an opportunity for him to get completely 100% healthy. He's a terrific player when he's fullspeed.

GerryOP writes:

Wishing you well Curt. See you next year. God bless and God speed. You're in my prayers asking for a good recovery.

pingkr62 writes:

I sure hate it for Curt. Also hate it for the team, we can't loose any more line backers. Get well soon C.M. G.B.O.!!!

suggest_removal_4_all_troll_posts writes:

Get well soon Curt!!!!

usnavyvolfan_on_duty writes:

Best wishes for a full recovery, Curt.

HallowedHill writes:

God speed for a quick recovery, Curt.

JonGrudensAgent writes:

Hit the rehab as hard as you hit opposing RB's and you'll be good for the Spring.

Looking forward to seeing Maggitt and Johnson again next season.

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

Quick recovery Mr. Maggitt! Work hard, you have many fans wishing you godspeed on your recovery.

Titan writes:

And as he was helped off the field, I believe Bumbling Bob announced that he was putting weight on it (he wasn't) and that it didn't appear to be too bad. Another Kesling miss on a day that was bad for Bob even by his lowly standards.

agarn writes:

You're in our prayers for a speedy recovery!

leedsvol2007 writes:

We have admired you courage to play this year despite nagging injuries and are praying for your complete recovery.

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

Get well soon big fella.

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