Young had made his 21st consecutive start for the Vols in Saturday’s overtime win over South Carolina, but sees his Vols career come to an end with the fourth-quarter injury. Drs. Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher performed the surgery, and Young is being released from UT Medical Center on Monday morning.
“We practice all the time our second team guys and we have a good rotation in the offensive line,” head coach Phillip Fulmer said of the contingency. “Jacques McClendon came in and played exceptionally well and Chris Scott, for the limited practice time he had had a left tackle, did just fine.
“It’s not perfect or they would have been starters. But that’s where we are and I think they will do just fine.”
Fulmer expects Scott to move to Young’s position at left tackle, with McClendon taking over at right guard.
The Vols practiced Sunday evening for the second straight week, something Fulmer says seems to fit his team’s personality.
“Last week I felt like we needed to get that all out of our system, change it up and do something different,” Fulmer said. “I think it was a good decision. I think it helped everybody. It certainly helped the coaches with planning and helped the guys have a day off. We’re going to continue to do this.”
In other injury news, Fulmer also said that surgery is likely for defensive back Marsalous Johnson. The sophomore suffered a knee injury against Alabama and hoped to return to the lineup, but it appears he will miss the remainder of the 2007 season.
Johnson joins a growing list of starting defensive backs Tennessee has had to replace over the last two seasons for an assortment of reasons. Inquoris Johnson, Roshaun Fellows, Demetrice Morley and Antonio Gaines either are no longer with the squad or have been sidelined by injury.
The Vols, tied in the loss column with Georgia for first place in the SEC Eastern Division, return to practice Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s Homecoming contest against Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff at Neyland Stadium is set for 4 p.m. Eastern time, with the Vol Network providing the radio broadcast.