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Mychal Rivera Hurts His knee
The bad news is that Mychal Rivera has hurt his knee.
The good news is that he is expected to miss only a few days, and this will give a chance to some of the younger players to get reps they usually wouldn't receive.
A number of UT defensive players are helping to fill the void left by Rivera, via Edward Aschoff of ESPN:
"With Rivera out, we’re thin at that position," Dooley told reporters. "We have a lot of defensive lineman. Just like Justin King, I think Joe Ayers can give us a little value, especially as a bigger, physical guy to help us block."
Rivera has been a consistent player through his first two seasons with Tennessee, catching 40 passes for over 400 yards in his career. He also looks to be a huge factor in the offense this year, especially with two great receivers demanding most of the attention.
Corey Miller Is Back on the Field
The junior defensive lineman missed the entire spring due to academic issues but is back on the field this fall with his teammates.
“It’s good getting him back,” Dooley said (via Daniel Lewis of nooga.com). “He’s not a huge guy, but he’s got some good twitch. This is his second chance. He kind of messed up in the classroom, hopefully he learned from it."
Miller has played in 25 career games, finishing last season with 15 tackles and a sack.
Justin Hunter is 100 Percent
For those that were wondering how wide receiver Justin Hunter was doing and if he will be ready for the regular-season opener, worry no more.
The junior receiver is doing great and says he is 100 percent recovered from an ACL tear he suffered last season (via SI.com):
"I've been out there running with the team and everything with no pain, no tweaks or anything like that," Hunter said. "I'm jumping the same, jumping actually, I think, I'm a little bit higher than I was. My speed hasn't decreased as I was running, so I think everything is good."
Hunter has the skill set to become one of the best receivers in the country this year.
He was off to a fast start before suffering a season-ending injury last season in Week 3. He finished the year with 17 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns.