Tennessee will be without a kick and punt returner this weekend when the Vols host Bobby Petrino‘s Western Kentucky squad in Neyalnd Stadium. In fact, the Vols will be without one of their top return men for the next month to month and a half. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones confirmed on his weekly radio show in Knoxville that back up wide receiver and top punt returner Devrin Young suffered a broken hand and will be out for four to six weeks.
— Vince Ferrara (@VinceSports) September 5, 2013
Young was listed second on the offensive depth chart last week for Tennessee’s opener behind Pig Howard, but was listed as the top punt returner. Against Austin Peay, Young returned two punts for a total of 21 yards. Young also added 58 yards on a kickoff return.
With Young out, the Vols will likely resort to Cameron Sutton on punt returns and Howard on kick returns. It is possible Sutton could be used on kickoff duty as well, but it remains unknown just how the special teams returners will be lined up with Young out of commission.