Jalen Reeves-Maybin out for spring, more

One of the Vols most productive defenders will miss significant time with an injury.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin will miss the remainder of spring practice with an undisclosed injury, Butch Jones confirmed Tuesday. The senior linebacker wore a sling on his left shoulder during Tuesday's session on Haslam Field and is expected to be back "right around the first week of June" per Jones. 

Reeves-Maybin led Tennessee in tackles last season with 105 total for an average of 8.08 per game. The Clarksville native also tallied 14 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles en route to a second team All-SEC nomination by the media. 

Exacerbating Reeves-Maybin's absence on the field is an injury to another linebacker who would have received valuable reps in his place. Rising redshirt sophomore Dillon Bates will also miss the rest of spring practice with an undisclosed injury, forcing Tennessee to dip into the well even further to make up for the loss of two key linebackers and 12 total players this spring.

"It's other opportunities for other players who can insert themselves," Jones said. "We have linebackers that need those repetitions. On the back end, we have a number of individuals vying for playing time. Where it really limits you is up front, kind of like last spring, so we're not able to do as much." 

Without Bates, who suffered a torn labrum that ended his freshman season, Tennessee will look to other young linebackers like Quarte' Sapp, Austin Smith and Gavin Bryant to fill the void.

"It's unfortunate because Dillon has worked extremely hard to get back and put himself in a position to compete, but that's the breaks," Jones said. "That's the mental toughness that we talk about. He's shown great resiliency and perseverance and he'll bounce back. He'll be better for it."

Also missing from practice Tuesday was rising junior running back Jalen Hurd, who did not dress out as he recovers from tendinitis. Jones said the injury isn't serious and Hurd isn't expected to miss significant time.

Spring Non-Break 

Alvin Kamara spent his spring break in Miami, but the senior running back didn't even get a chance to go to the beach. While most of Tennessee's students enjoyed a week off from school, Kamara trained with current Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Antonio Brown, who played for Butch Jones at Central Michigan. 

"I was training," Kamara said on what he did over the break. "I was working on my physique." 

Kamara wasn't the only one. Plenty of other Tennessee players used the break to work out on their own in destinations from California to Florida to elevate their game.

"It was very rewarding for me being away from them for spring break and the inordinate amount of text messages and the amount of videos sent to me from them working out on their own," Jones said. "A number of individuals ventured off in different places to work out over the spring and, to me, that's the maturity of the football team."

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