Injury Report: Two Vols Injured Following 20-10 Victory
Maurer’s injury came when he attempted to scramble out of the pocket in hopes of building on to Tennessee’s early lead in the 2nd quarter, he was absolutely hammered and was flipped over slamming his head hard against the turf. Maurer energetically jumped right up and stayed in the game before throwing an awful interception in the endzone. He was then taken into the injury tent and backup quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was forced into the highly competitive game. Maurer spent the remainder of the game with a towel over the top of his head; Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt made the final call to keep him out of the game. It remains unknown whether Maurer will be an option for Tennessee next week when they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the number 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, however, even if Maurer is available, it may be in Tennessee’s best interest to keep him off the field as the Vols have a slim shot at upsetting the Tide. The question will be if Pruitt is willing to take the risk of Maurer getting hurt again, and we should find out the answer to that question in the next few days.
As for the other injury, freshman DB Trevon Flowers broke his leg during his key interception return and is expected to be out of action for a solid amount of time. While Tennessee has not yet announced whether he will return this season, it is doubtful, as this injury will take a decent amount of time to fully recover from. Unfortunately, this is not Flowers’ first experience with the injury bug as he broke his collarbone last season and was forced to redshirt in Jeremy Pruitt’s first season on Rocky Top. Pruitt addressed the injury in his postgame press conference saying,”He’s a guy that hasn’t played a lot of football. Broke his collarbone last year, and is a guy that I think is going to be a really good player. He’s been banged up with a hamstring during fall camp… He started playing well last week against Georgia, played good today. Then we lost him, but now we throw in Theo and McCollugh to come in there.”
Jeremy Pruitt’s Volunteers will need to invest in a next man up mentality in hopes of overcoming these critical injuries, whether they will be able to succeed with that mentality is not yet known but with this victory he has restored Tennessee fans’ faith in this program. We will update this article as any additional information unfolds in regards to these injuries.
Luke A. Thomas
Luke was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and grew up with a passion for SEC Football.
His career in journalism started in 2016 when he covered his hometown MTSU Blue Raiders. He would later go on to cover the local Vanderbilt Commodores before he would begin covering the Volunteers. He wrote for SBNation, covering UT Athletics before joining Volunteer Roadshow in May of 2019. At Volunteer Roadshow he covers all things Tennessee, with a focus on UT Football and Basketball.