Tennessee WR Josh Smith Out 4-8 Weeks | Bonehead Picks

Tennessee WR Josh Smith Out 4-8 Weeks

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There were six wide receivers left over from Tennessee’s 2016 team, which went 9-4 and had expectations for an SEC East title get stonewalled after a slow start. The Volunteers were still sixth in the SEC in receiving and scored the most touchdowns caught with 28. With Quinten Dormady most likely the new starting quarterback for Butch Jones, it appears that after practice on Sunday he will have only five experienced receivers to work with for the next 4-8 weeks.

Redshirt senior Josh Smith reportedly broke his collerbone during practice and it is the apparently the fifth injury suffered during his career at Tennessee. In 2016, he only caught 11 passes for 84 and a touchdown and was tied for ninth in receiving in 11 games, six of those starting. In Smith’s career, he had 721 receiving yards and only five touchdowns in 39 games. He looked to be second on the depth chart as the number two receiver behind sophomore Tyler Byrd.

Smith is only one of two redshirt seniors on the receiving team along with former community college transfer Jeff George who had only one catch for 20 yards last season. As far as field experience, junior Juaun Jennings is now the number one go to guy with two other sophomores following behind. Senior Ethan Wolf will lead the tight ends with other fellow senior Jakob Johnson the number two man. Marquez Callaway is marker as the number three receiver and will see more playing time this year.

Smith was most likely the emergency receiver heading into 2017 when the Volunteers kick off their season against Georgia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Classic at the new Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. His spot will now most likely be filled by a freshman for the next two months. This is the crucial point where Jones’ wideouts need to stay healthy throughout the entire season or it could be a long season for Dormady.

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