Injury Report: Four Vols, Two Starters Out Against Purdue

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    Coaches Jeff Brohm, Josh Heupel Music City Bowl

    Tennessee’s Cade Mays, Elijah Simmons, Kenneth George Jr and Brandon Turnage are inactive for the Vols’ in Thursday’s Music City Bowl.

    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel announced that Mays would be out for the bowl game in his Wednesday press conference as the senior lineman continues to work back from an ankle injury that sidelined him the final games of the regular season.

    Defensive backs George and Turnage absence is another blow to a thin position group for Tennessee. Alontae Taylor opted out of the bowl game earlier this month and the Purdue’s pass first offense will consistently test the Vols’ secondary.

    Kamal Hadden, Warren Burrell, Christian Charles and Tamorian McDonald could be thrust into a bigger role.

    Simmons has started at nose tackle all season for the Vols but the rest of Tennessee’s defensive line is healthy. The final game of the 2021 season will be an opportunity for redshirt-freshman Omari Thomas to springboard into the offseason.

    Kick off at Nissan Stadium is at 3 p.m. ET. ESPN will broadcast the 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.