Things are looking up for Tennessee and head coach Butch Jones. The Vols just pulled in a highly-respected recruiting class to follow the “brick-by-brick” mantra in Knoxville, and it may just be a matter of time before Tennessee is back to being a force in the SEC East on a regular basis. That said, there will be a good number of players missing or limited during Tennessee’s spring practice schedule.
Defensive ends Derek Barnett and Kyle Phillips, defensive tackle Danny O’Brien, middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and wide receiver Jason Croom are all expected to be out of action this spring, Jones announced on Friday. In addition to that list, Jones suggested tight end Alex Ellis could also be out for the spring.
Croom injured his knee during bowl practices leading up to Tennessee’s match-up with Iowa. Ellis, a senior, was recently awarded a scholarship by Tennessee.
To further deplete the available depth in the spring, Jones also listed a handful of players that could be limited at best this spring. Wide receiver Marquez North, running back Jalen Hurd, offensive lineman Chance Hall, defensive end Corey Vereen, defensive lineman Charles Mosley, linebacker Dillon Bates and cornerback Rashaan Gaulden were those mentioned as limited this spring by the head coach.
North played in 10 games last season and missed playing time due to a shoulder injury. Hurd was Tennessee’s leading rusher in 2014 with 899 yards and five touchdowns.
Tennessee freshman defensive tackle Charles Mosley was involved in an automobile accident over the weekend. The accident resulted in a broken leg, which had been reported earlier while Tennessee head coach Butch Jones awaited more information. Mosley should feel pretty lucky, because he should feel lucky to be alive.
That is the word from highway patrol, according to Go Vols Xtra. The story is behind a pay wall, so subscribers will be able to get more information, but the idea that highway patrol thinks Mosley is lucky to even be breathing today is a scary thought. He was in the car with family, according to the Associated Press.
A spokesperson from Tennessee’s athletic department confirmed Mosley underwent surgery on Sunday night to treat a broken tibia. Mosley was later reported to be in fair condition according to a spokeswoman at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. There is currently no timeline outlined for a possible return and rehab. Tennessee is hopeful Mosley will be released from the hospital by the end of the week.
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One member of Tennessee’s Class of 2014 was injured in a car accident Sunday. Fortunately, it seems the damage done by the vehicle accident appears to be nothing much more than broken bones.
According to Chattanooga Times Free Press, defensive tackle Charles Mosley was injured in the accident Sunday, although details of the accident are light at this point. The report by the Times Free Press say Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is currently waiting for more information on Mosley’s status, but there are some reports suggesting Mosley suffered a broken leg.
Mosley was a three-star recruit in Tennessee’s recruiting class according to Rivals.com. Mosley accepted an offer from Tennessee over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and others. Until the details of his injury ae confirmed, it would be unfair to evaluate what this means for his immediate future at Tennessee.