Redshirt for Greg King?

Tennessee is hoping for a favorable ruling from the NCAA regarding one of its talented young linebackers.

Because sophomore Greg King missed all but four games of the 2010 season due to knee problems, a UT official confirmed that the Vols have filed a petition requesting a medical redshirt that will leave King three years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-1, 222-pounder from Memphis Melrose was one of the breakout stars of Tennessee's 2009 recruiting class. He started two '09 games at middle linebacker after Nick Reveiz went down with a torn ACL. King ultimately suffered injuries of his own, however, that limited him to nine games as a true freshman. Still, he finished his debut season with 14 solos, 10 assists, 1.5 tackles for loss, three passes defended and an interception.

King projected to be a possible starter for 2010 but he injured his knee last spring and never fully recovered. Playing in pain, he recorded a solo and two assists in Game 1 vs. UT Martin and four assists in Game 2 vs. Oregon. He played in Game 3 vs. Florida but didn't contribute, then sat out Game 4 vs. UAB and Game 5 at LSU. King saw enough action in Game 6 at Georgia to register one assist, then opted for arthroscopic surgery in mid-October to repair the injured knee.

"Greg's got a great future here," head coach Derek Dooley said at the time, "but he hasn't been full-go since I've gotten here."

King missed the final seven games of 2010, including the Music City Bowl loss to North Carolina.

Three of Tennessee's top five linebackers from last season won't be back for 2011 - senior starters Reveiz and LaMarcus Thompson, along with senior reserve Savion Frazier. That means King should have a great opportunity to start next fall if he can regain his health and return to his 2009 form.

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