Josh Heupel addresses starting QB situation, running back injuries
Tennessee’s 41-34 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday also resulted in the loss of starting quarterback Joe Milton to a leg injury in the second quarter.
Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker replaced Milton and did a lot of good things for the Volunteers on offense, although he was unable to deliver a victory in relief.
On Wednesday during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel provided an update on his team’s status at quarterback, where things remain up in the air.
“We do not have a starter yet,” Heupel said. “(Milton) was out on the practice field today. I don’t know if he’ll be available on Saturday. … We’ll see where we’re at as we get closer to kickoff.”
Also on Wednesday, Heupel provided injury updates on a pair of Tennessee running backs, Tiyon Evans and Jabari Small.
“Both of those guys, we don’t have a final word on,” Heupel said. “We’re hopeful both of those guys will be able to play.”
Evans missed the Pittsburgh game with an undisclosed injury, while Small had to leave the game late in the first half with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
The Volunteers are back in action at home this Saturday against Tennessee Tech.
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