Tennessee senior defensive tackle and without a doubt the most important player on the defense Malik Jackson has a sprained knee and is expected to miss a couple of weeks of practice. Hopefully, he’ll be ready by the season opener against Montana or at least the Cincinnati game. According to multiple practice reports, Derek Dooley said Jackson shouldn’t miss anymore time than two weeks, so if that’s the case, maybe this will be a blessing in disguise and give a bunch of other players reps. We know what Jackson can do. It’s Mo Couch, Trevarris Saulsberry, Daniel Hood, Alan Carson, etc., that we’re unsure about.
Also of note from Friday’s full-squad practice, sophomore Dontavis Sapp has moved down from safety to outside linebacker. This is a move I’ve been hoping would take place ever since the jumbo defensive back committed to Derek Dooley late in the process two years ago. He was not a heralded recruit by any means, as only a two-star, but he did have some playing time as a true freshman last year, mostly on special teams. Sapp is a rangy, athletic player who could eventually help UT at LB.
Also, former four-star commitment and freshman Curt Maggitt continued to be very impressive with the linebacking corps. He also had the second-quickest step on the team behind Jacques Smith working with the defensive ends last night.