Jeremy Pruitt Confirms Brandon Kennedy Out for Season

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    It didn’t take long for the Vols to be struck by the injury bug in 2018.

    Just a few days after making his first career start for the Vols and in his collegiate career, offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy found out his 2018 season is over. Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt confirmed after practice on Wednesday that Kennedy suffered an injury in practice this week and will be out for the remainder of the 2018 season.

    Kennedy started at center for the Vols during their season opener against West Virginia on Saturday, and he was expected to be Tennessee’s starting center for the whole season. With him going down, however, the Vols face more question marks for an offensive line that still had plenty of them after their Week 1 performance.

    Ryan Johnson appears to be the most likely candidate to take over at center for Kennedy, but the Vols will likely try out other players there as well. Jerome Carvin and Jahmir Johnson are two names to keep an eye on.

    This isn’t the first time an injury has ended Kennedy’s season. Last year at Alabama, Kennedy suffered a season-ending injury during the season after appearing in a handful of games as a backup for the Tide. He got a medical redshirt for 2017, and that’s why he came to Tennessee with two years of eligibility as a grad transfer rather than the usual one year for most grad transfers.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.