KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football is unexpectedly down another starter along with two key reserves.
Kicker Aaron Medley is not expected to play on account of an illness, while second-team defensive end Deandre Johnson and backup offensive guard Jack Jones are also out for today’s game against South Carolina.
Freshman Brent Cimaglia will handle the placekicking duties with Medley out, while the absences of Johnson and Jones could prove pivotal if Tennessee loses a starter at either of their positions.
Medley is 2-for-3 on his field goal attempts this season, while Cimaglia is 1-for-4 on his field goals with a 51-yard make against Florida.
Starting defensive end Darrell Taylor is suspended, so Johnson was going to be the No. 3 defensive end. Now, true freshman Matthew Butler assumes the No. 3 defensive end position.
Jones is the No. 3 offensive guard, and because redshirt sophomore Venzell Boulware quit the team after getting benched against Georgia, redshirt freshman Ryan Johnson takes over as the No. 3 offensive guard.
Tennessee starters missing against South Carolina in today’s ESPN game are:
• MLB Darrin Kirkland Jr.
• RT Chance Hall
• SS Todd Kelly Jr.
• DE Darrell Taylor
• OLB Cortez McDowell
• WR Jauan Jennings
• KR Evan Berry
• K Aaron Medley
Tight end Jakob Johnson, who is used in double tight end packages, is also not dressed for the game.
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