Josh Heupel Gives Injury Update for Tiyon Evans, Jabari Small, Jacob Warren

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    Tennessee RB Tiyon Evans. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

    With Tennessee’s upcoming game against top-ranked Georgia quickly approaching, the Vols are working to get some of their key players up to full health.

    During Tennessee’s game against Kentucky, a few players sustained some sort of injury that has carried into this week. However, it does look like each player is trending in a positive direction.

    While speaking to the media on Thursday morning, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel gave an injury update for running back Tiyon Evans, running back Jabari Small, and tight end Jacob Warren. Although, none of the players we’re mentioned specifically.

    “We always make those decisions based off of Friday’s practice, so we’ll see where we’re at,” Heupel said when asked about Evans, Small, and Warren.

    Heupel followed that up by talking about their practice limitations, if any, throughout this week.

    “We have been able to get work with those guys,” Heupel said on Thursday. “We’ll see where they’re at come tomorrow, and hope to have those guys ready for Saturday.”

    Tennessee Injury

    Tennessee running back Jabari Small and tight end Jacob Warren. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

    Once again, Heupel didn’t give away too many details, but that has been his style all year. On one hand, the team doctor’s evaluation does come after Heupel’s final media appearance each week. But on the other, though, Heupel does like to keep his cards close to his chest, for any and every strategical advantage. And with the top-ranked Bulldogs coming into town this Saturday, Tennessee will need every advantage they can find.

    Against Kentucky, Tennessee did lose both of their running backs before the fourth quarter even began. Evans ended the game with one carry after being taken out of the game in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Small had four carries and 55 yards on the night but left in the third quarter after his 37-yard touchdown run, in which he juked a Kentucky defender out of his shoes, essentially.

    Evans is still the Vols’ leading rusher on the season, although, quarterback Hendon Hooker is not too far behind. Evans has 525 yards while Hooker has 457. Meanwhile, Small is sitting as Tennessee’s third-leading rusher (387) with the third-most carries (76), behind Hooker and then Evans.

    Tennessee (5-4, 3-5 SEC) will host Georgia (9-0, 7-0 SEC) this Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET during Tennessee’s homecoming celebration.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.