Butch Jones shoots down rumors about star receiver’s injury

Tennessee coach Butch Jones (AP file photo)

Tennessee coach Butch Jones (AP file photo)

Coming into this season many thought the Tennessee Volunteers had a great chance to win the SEC East. A large reason; they returned all 11 offensive starters from last season.

That number had dropped to 10 after guard Marcus Jackson tore his bicep, and now that number may be down to 9.

FoxSports Knoxville’s Brad Matthews originally reported that Marquez North suffered a non-contact leg injury a practice and may miss the entire season. 

New reports have surfaced however, stating that the injury may only be a knee sprain and not as severe as initially believed.

These reports were confirmed by Tennessee’s head coach Butch Jones, according to host of The Sports Animal Jimmy Hyams.

North led the team in receiving yards his freshman year and tied for the team lead in touchdowns (four) in his sophomore season.

The junior managed to rack up these stats while battling nagging injuries, most recently a torn labrum that forced him out of the final two games of last season.

Tennessee has the potential to be explosive on offense with quarterback Josh Dobbs and running back Jalen Hurd returning. Combine that with an experienced offensive line and the addition of impressive transfer Alvin Kamara and Tennessee will be in good shape.

— By Jordan James, Special for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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