Injury Report: Key Vols Dressed Out Against Ole Miss

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    Tennessee is less than an hour away from kicking off a major SEC showdown against No. 13 Ole Miss.

    Josh Heupel expressed optimism earlier this week that many of his key contributors that missed last week’s win against South Carolina would be available.

    That appears to be the case as running back Jabari Small, defensive back Theo Jackson and center Cooper Mays went through warmups Saturday evening.

    While Mays— Tennessee’s starting center— warmed up with the team, he was snapping the ball to third string quarterback Harrison Bailey in warmups. Senior Jerome Carvin— who’s played center instead of guard in Mays’ absence— was snapping to starting quarterback Hendon Hooker.

    Along with Small, running back Tiyon Evans went through warmups with his teammates. Evans’, who left last week’s game with an ankle injury, availability is a massive question mark entering the expected shootout.

    Freshman running back Jaylen Wright was not dressed out and didn’t go through pregame warmups. Len’Neth Whitehead will be the Vols’ next running back behind Small and Evans.

    Starting defensive tackle Elijah Simmons didn’t go through pregame warmups and was in street clothes before the game.

    Ole Miss opened as four-point favorites over Tennessee, but that line has dropped dramatically heading into Saturday night’s game.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.