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Tennessee Starting Offensive Lineman Out For Remainder Of Season

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Tennessee right guard Javontez Spraggins is out for the remainder of the season due to an injury he suffered in the Vols’ loss against No. 1 Georgia, head coach Josh Heupel announced on Monday.

Spraggins has been a staple on Tennessee’s offensive line during head coach Josh Heupel’s three seasons as head coach. The senior right guard is one of the SEC’s best run blockers and earned a 67.9 PFF grade this season before suffering the season ending injury.

The East St. Louis, Missouri native has avoided injuries throughout his Tennessee career but won’t be able to finish his senior season due to the injury he suffered against the Bulldogs.

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While Spraggins has stayed healthy this season, injuries have plagued the rest of Tennessee’s offensive line. Center Cooper Mays missed the first month of the season with an injury and backup interior offensive lineman Andrej Karic has been in-and-out of the lineup, missing each of the last three games.

The Vols have had plenty of depth issues at offensive tackle too. Right tackle Gerald Mincey has been in-and-out of the lineup this season while left tackle John Campbell Jr. suffered an injury against Missouri and missed the Georgia game.

With both Mincey and Campbell out against Georgia, the Vols started backups Jeremiah Crawford and Dayne Davis. Heupel expressed optimism on Monday that both Campbell and Mincey would be available for the Vanderbilt game.

Kickoff between Tennessee and Vanderbilt is set at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. The SEC Network is broadcasting the game.

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