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Vols defensive lineman likely out for the remainder of the season

Vols senior defensive lineman LaTrell Bumphus will likely miss the remainder of the season, head coach Jeremy Pruitt announced on Monday.

“It was unfortunate with LaTrell, during warmups (vs. Arkansas) somebody fell into his leg,” Pruitt told reporters over Zoom. “He’s probably going to be out four to six weeks.

“He’s probably going to miss the rest of the season. That’s unfortunate for him.”

This season, Bumphus has 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1.0 sack. He also has one quarterback hurry on the season.

Bumphus finished with 23 tackles and tied for second on the Vols with six tackles for loss during his junior season in 2019. He appeared in 11 games and made six starts.

The Tennessee native was recruited as a tight end and moved to defensive line following the 2018 season.

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Darel Middleton started in place of Bumphus against the Razorbacks alongside Aubrey Solomon and Matthew Butler. Freshmen Omari Thomas and Elijah Simmons sat time as well, as did John Mincey and Ja’Quain Blakely.

Senior defensive tackle Savion Williams announced that he was transferring just before kickoff.

Tennessee returns home next Saturday to take on No. 7 Texas A&M. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Aggies are coming off of a dominating 48-3 win over South Carolina on the road.

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