The Tennessee Vols don’t have a lot of depth heading into the 2018 season, which means they can use plenty of good news when it comes to their players’ health.
Fortunately for Tennessee, they received some positive news on Wednesday.
According to a report from The Read Optional’s Trey Wallace, wide receiver Jauan Jennings and linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr will be good to go for summer workout programs.
People inside the Tennessee FB program tell me that Jauan Jennings & Darrin Kirkland Jr have had a good recoveries from knee surgery & will be ready to go for summer workouts. Been told the S&C program in the “pit” has really worked out well for them both.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_SEC) April 12, 2018
This is incredibly great news for the Vols. Jennings and Kirkland, who have both missed spring practice due to knee injuries, are not only key contributors (that both missed the 2017 season), but they also bring a bit of swagger to the field with them when they play.
Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt mentioned on Tuesday that if UT had another week or two of practice, there are several players they would be getting back.
It sounds like there’s a good chance Jennings and Kirkland would be two of those players.
Kirkland, who is capable of being the “quarterback of the defense” while lining up at inside linebacker, hasn’t played a full season since his freshman season in 2015. The Indiana native played in eight games as a sophomore in 2016, before missing all of the 2017 season.
Jennings, on the other hand, hasn’t put up star numbers yet during his career at Tennessee, but he became a household name in 2016 after a 67 yard touchdown reception in a win against Florida and his game winning hail mary catch against Georgia.
The former high school quarterback still has a ways to go before he becomes a top receiver in the SEC East, but the feeling is that he has the attitude (on the field) and the ability to become a key contributor in the Vols’ offense.
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