Offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy will miss the remainder of Tennessee’s after suffering an ACL injury in practice on Tuesday.
Jeremy Pruitt confirmed the setback Wednesday evening after practice.
“Unfortunately yesterday we’ve lost Brandon Kennedy for the season,” Pruitt said. “Leg injury. Kind of standing on his feet there, no one really rolled up into him. Just unfortunate for him.”
Kennedy, a 6-3, 301 pound center who transferred from Alabama in the offseason, is a graduate transfer. Kennedy has one year of eligibility remaining after this season, though Pruitt declined to specify if the team would eventually appeal for a medical redshirt.
“It’s like I told him, he’s got another year. He’s been through this before. He gets an opportunity to get another degree, so he seems to be in good spirits,” Pruitt said.
Kennedy missed time at Alabama due to a broken leg.
“I know our staff and our players, everybody really has respected Brandon since he’s been here and how he’s worked and went about his business so it’s unfortunate for him. That happens to people all over the country and it’s tough on these young men that pour a lot into it throughout the year to get an opportunity to play and the thing about it – you’re never guaranteed anything. It’s unfortunate but it does happen,” added Pruitt.
Pruitt said Ryan Johnson will take over as the starting center in Saturday’s contest with ETSU. Johnson made his fifth career start last Saturday against West Virginia at right guard. He previously made a start at center against Vanderbilt in 2017.
The Vols and ETSU Buccaneers kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday on SEC Network.