The Tennessee Vols will return to the football field this week, with spring practice scheduled to begin on March 7.

When practice begins, however, the Vols will be without one of their 2019 signees.

According to a report from VolQuest, three-star offensive lineman Chris Akporoghene will miss at least the first portion of spring practice after undergoing a minor knee procedure.

Akporoghene, a Florida native who was rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 69 offensive tackle in the nation, has had a productive couple of months since enrolling at Tennessee. According to multiple reports, Akporoghene has bulked up a significant amount while taking part in Craig Fitzgerald’s strength and conditioning program.

For now, it seems like fellow 2019 signees Darnell Wright and Wanya Morris (also an early enrollee) are destined to be the Vols’ starting tackles next season.

But Akporoghene, when he returns, should offer plenty of competition while competing with Wright and Morris. It’s also possible, especially with the added weight/muscle mass, that Akporoghene could play at guard for the Vols in 2019.

Either way, one thing is certain — the offensive line competition will be wide open on Rocky Top this spring/fall.

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