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