NCAA Football: Alabama at Tennessee

Oct 20, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Brian Robinson Jr. (24) runs the ball against Tennessee Volunteers defensive lineman Emmit Gooden (93) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Alabama won 58 to 21. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee's top returning defensive lineman, Emmit Gooden, will miss the season because of a torn ACL sustained in Tuesday's practice, coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday.

Gooden, a senior, made 33 tackles, including seven for loss and a sack, last season in 12 games (one start) after transferring from junior college. The Volunteers, coming off a 5-7 season, were looking to Gooden to help lead a defensive line that lost all three starters from last season and lacks depth.

Gooden has a redshirt year available and plans to return in 2020, Pruitt said.

The Vols are still waiting on word from the NCAA on a request for a transfer waiver for defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, who spent the past two seasons at Michigan and is seeking immediate eligibility.

Solomon, a five-star prospect in the 2017 class, made 24 tackles with the Wolverines, limited last season to five games because of injury.

--Field Level Media

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