Seven Vols are unavailable for Saturday’s homecoming matchup against UT-Martin.
Cedric Tillman, Gerald Mincey, Kamal Hadden, Christian Charles, Jaylen McCollough, Kwauze Garland and Juwan Mitchell are all out against the Skyhawks.
Tillman is missing his fourth straight game since exiting the Vols win over Akron with an ankle injury. The star receiver underwent “tight rope” ankle surgery and is nearing his return to the lineup.
Mincey is missing his second game in three weeks. The starting left tackle was inactive two weeks ago against LSU but played off-and-on last week against Alabama. Jeremiah Crawford, who’s played well in opportunities this season, will start at left tackle for Tennessee.
Hadden is missing his second straight week. The Tennessee cornerback went through warm ups last week against Alabama but didn’t end up playing.
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Hadden isn’t the only Vol cornerback who is out today. Sophomore Christian Charles is unavailable after suffering an injury at the end of last week’s matchup against Alabama.
Between Hadden, Charles and Warren Burrell — who is out for the season — Tennessee is down its top three corners from the start of the season.
De’Shawn Rucker, Dee Williams and Brandon Turnage will be thrust into a bigger role against a strong UT Martin passing attack.
Linebacker Juwan Mitchell missed Tennessee’s first two games of the season but has been active for Tennessee’s last four games.
Kwauze Garland has been inactive since Tennessee’s season opener against Ball State. The reserve linebacker is out against the Skyhawks.
Kick off between Tennessee and UT Martin is at noon ET from Neyland Stadium.