Butch says DT Andrew Butcher could get 1st Vols chance

One door closes, another opens. Andrew Butcher will get his chance to earn playing time for Tennessee.

Injuries continue to plague Tennessee football at an alarming rate.

At defensive tackle alone, coach Butch Jones announced Tuesday that sophomore Kahlil McKenzie (pectoral tendon) is lost for the rest of the season. Junior Alexis Johnson missed Saturday's game versus Alabama with a hip flexor strain. Redshirt junior Kendal Vickers has been playing with a hand cast and went down versus the Tide with an apparent leg or ankle issue. This comes on the heels of redshirt senior Danny O'Brien's dismissal last week.

That opens the door for Vols redshirt freshman Andrew Butcher to get his first reps in an orange and white uniform.

The 6-foot-2, 257-pounder dealt with knee surgeries his first year on The Hill and redshirted.

The bye week presents Butcher with the chance to earn reps both on the practice field and the two-deep as Tennessee prepares to take on South Carolina in Columbia on Oct. 29.

The lineman came to Knoxville from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School as a Scout three-star prospect, the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the Peach State's 2015 class and an Under Armour All-American. He was a two-time all-state selection.

For more about Butcher, listen to Jones and defensive line coach Steve Stripling in the video above.


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