Unlike previous years, the Tennessee football program is entering fall camp with a team that’s almost completely healthy.
Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt met with the media on Thursday afternoon and he revealed that Tennessee has 109 players for fall camp. According to Pruitt, they’ll all participate in fall camp, though he acknowledged that some players could be limited.
Offensive lineman Trey Smith, who’s been undergoing treatment for blood clots in his lungs, will be available for non-contract drills. Pruitt said he should be cleared for contact around August 19-20.
Wide receiver Jauan Jennings was also singled out as a player that will be limited this fall.
Pruitt mentioned that signee JJ Peterson, a highly touted linebacker, isn’t with the program yet, as he’s still “working on some things”. Peterson, according to Pruitt, will be at Tennessee “as soon as he can”.
Pruitt on JJ Peterson: He’s still working on a couple of things but he’ll be here when he’s done.
— Orange & White Report (@OandWReport) August 2, 2018
Having a healthy team is vital for the Vols’ success in 2018.
Tennessee has some impressive talent on the roster, but they don’t have a lot of depth.
The Vols can’t afford to lose talent due to injury, otherwise it’s going to be a massive uphill battle to reach six wins and become bowl eligible.
Tennessee has their first practice on Friday, so it’ll be interesting to see if they’re able to stay healthy leading up to the season opener against West Virginia on September 1.
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