Freshman starting tight end Ethan Wolf will travel to Oklahoma and will be “available” for the game, Butch Jones confirmed on Vol Calls Wednesday night.
“He’s going to make the trip to Oklahoma…he’ll be available, I don’t know how much he’ll play, but he’ll be available,” Jones said, noting that his quick rehab has been “remarkable.”
That’s a positive update after Jones listed him as questionable on Monday after bruising his knee against Arkansas State last Saturday. The true freshman has been a reliable target for Justin Worley through two games, catching eight passes for 46 yards. Comparatively speaking, the entire tight end position only accounted for 97 receiving yards in all of 2013, so Wolf’s played a big role in upgrading the position.
Wolf was in pads during Wednesday’s practice and participated in some running and agility work on the side, though he didn’t go through drills with the tight ends during the portion of practice open to the media. Should he be out or limited, expect extended work for fellow true freshman Daniel Helm, walk-on Alex Ellis and last year’s starter, Brendan Downs, who caught a touchdown pass in the season opener against Utah State.