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Maurer Traveled to Vanderbilt after suffering back-to-back concussions

by | Oct 24, 2019

Tennessee starting quarterback Brian Maurer was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center today following suffering back-to-back concussions in the last 2 weeks against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide. Maurer posted a picture of the medical center on his Instagram page with the caption: “God got me.” When asked about the status of the starting quarterback head coach Jeremy Pruitt told the media, “He is probably doubtful (to play against South Carolina),” making many believe it will be either another opportunity for Jarrett Guarantano or Freshman quarterback JT Shrout’s first chance to shine in the spotlight.

Maurer’s first concussion occurred two weeks ago in the Volunteers’ 20-10 victory over Mississippi State; Maurer scrambled out of the pocket before being smashed into the air, his head crashed into the turf which resulted in a concussion. Maurer popped right up, staying in the game, before throwing an awfully underthrown interception. Maurer went to the injury tent where the Vols staff was informed that he had a concussion. He did not return to the game.

The second concussion occurred when Maurer was flushed out of the pocket and sacked for a big loss. However, it was not the hit that caused the concussion, his own teammate, Darnell Wright, slammed into Maurer’s head resulting in his trip to the injury tent. Jeremy Pruitt confirmed that he had a concussion, and unlike the Mississippi State injury, Maurer was not present on the sidelines for the rest of the match-up.

Maurer would make a switch from a Riddell helmet, which he used as long as he had been on Rocky Top, to a Schutt helmet on Monday. Why it is a possibility that could simply be an unrelated coincidence, it is something that is worth mentioning.

In the end, it now appears that the Volunteers will need to go with one of their back-up quarterbacks, just which one is now open for speculation.

Luke A. Thomas

Luke A. Thomas

Senior Writer

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.

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