Jalen Reeves-Maybin's senior season at Tennessee got cut short with a shoulder injury in September.
The WILL linebacker attempted to rehabilitate the shoulder and return for the 38-28 Florida win on Sept. 24, but he was limited to less than a dozen snaps that afternoon.
"My legacy probably would have been a little bit different if I would have been able to play this whole year," Reeves-Maybin said.
In 2016, the 6-foot, 230-pounder had 20 tackles (12 solo) with two tackles for loss in four games. In 41 career games, the Northeast (Tenn.) High School product totaled 240 tackles and eight sacks with four pass breakups.
He added that it will be a "couple months" before he's recovered.
Multiple doctors, including Dr. James Andrews, gave him their opinions. The senior captain doesn't fully know his future plans as far as rehab goes.
The Clarksville native said he has zero regrets for choosing the Big Orange over other suitors such as Mississippi when he was a Scout four-star linebacker prospect.
"I just always felt like this place was right. The people here and the players here, I just felt like I meshed with them," Reeves-Maybin said.
The senior isn't the only WILL linebacker injured and was unavailable versus Alabama on Saturday. Out for the season is redshirt freshman Quarté Sapp (knee) and sidelined was junior Cortez McDowell (head).
"We've got to keep pushing each other more fully so there's no drop-off in play," Reeves-Maybin said.