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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.