Tennessee could be getting back two of their more important players in the secondary on Saturday when they take on Kentucky.
Head coach Jeremy Pruitt spoke to the media on Monday for his weekly press conference, and he gave updates on a couple injured Vols. According to Pruitt, freshman safety Trevon Flowers will be a game-time decision for this Saturday’s contest. Pruitt said the freshman “started doing some things last week” and might be ready to return against the Wildcats.
Flowers broke his collarbone during practice while Tennessee was on their bye week. He had played in the Vols’ first five games prior to that injury, and he started Tennessee’s first game of the season against West Virginia. In those five appearances, Flowers totaled nine tackles and a pass defended.
Pruitt also had an update for another injured Vol player in the secondary.
Senior safety Micah Abernathy has been out just as long as Flowers has. Abernathy played in the first five games of the season but hasn’t been on the field since. Shawn Shamburger and Todd Kelly Jr. have taken turns filling in for the senior. But Pruitt said on Monday that Abernathy will be back practicing this week, and they’ll monitor his health this week. The senior has been dealing with an ankle injury for the last few weeks.
Abernathy had totaled 18 tackles, two tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, and a pass defended in five games this season. In his career, he has 177 tackles, six tackles for loss, two interceptions, 11 passes defended, and five fumble recoveries in 41 career appearances.
Tennessee will take on No. 12 Kentucky on Saturday at 3:30 Eastern in Neyland Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.