September 5th, 2013 10:30 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Against Austin Peay, Butch Jones, Devrin Young, Week Two
Bad news for a thin-to-begin-with Tennessee football team today. Receiver and top return man Devrin Young will miss the next four to six weeks with a broken wrist suffered during practice this week. According to head coach Butch Jones, Young tried to use his hand to keep himself from going to the ground, but his wrist snapped as a result.
Against Austin Peay last weekend, Young returned two punts for 21 yards, returned one kickoff for 58 yards, rushed the ball once for six yards, and caught one touchdown pass of nine yards. In other words, he’s a versatile weapon for a rebuilding Volunteer offense.
Now Tennessee must find a replacement for Young who — at the very least — can catch the football on special teams. According to that unit’s coordinator, Mark Elder: “On the return game, the very first criteria is that we secure the football. Obviously we want to increase our field position, but we don’t want to do it at the expense of not having the football.”
The Vols face a difficult Week Two visit from Bobby Petrino’s Western Kentucky team. A team fresh off a 487-yard performance in a 35-26 win over Kentucky. And like Kentucky, Tennessee chose to go in another direction with its head coaching position while Petrino sat by his phone last winter.
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