No. 25 Vols won’t have 2 starters for Georgia Tech
Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. has a knee injury that will sideline him for Monday’s game.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee will be missing its projected starting left tackle and its top linebacker Monday when the 25th- ranked Volunteers open the season against Georgia Tech.
Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced Wednesday that offensive tackle Drew Richmond will be suspended for the Georgia Tech game due to a violation of team rules and that line- File, Calvin Mattheis / backer Darrin Kirkland Jr. will miss the start of the season with a knee injury.
Jones said Richmond would be available for Tennessee’s Sept. 9 game with Indiana State “if he does everything that he needs to do.” Jones said Kirkland underwent meniscus surgery Wednesday and there’s no timetable yet for the junior’s potential return.
Kirkland is considered one of Tennessee’s best defensive players, though injuries have limited him for the last Knoxville News Sentinel via AP year. He made 45 tackles last season and played only eight games due to a high ankle sprain.
“It was just one of those unusual, bizarre things that happened in practice,” Jones said. “Somebody just fell over. The play was over. It was non- contact. That’s the game of football, unfortunately. He was very disappointed but not discouraged. I expect him to come back from this and be bigger and stronger and be better for it.”