Lane Kiffin and the Volunteers coaching staff got win number two of the season this past Saturday, but suffered a huge loss in Nick Reveiz.
Kiffin announced Reveiz is indeed done fore the season after suffering a torn ACL during Saturday's victory.
The loss of Reveiz leaves a gaping hole in the heart of the Tennessee defense. "Big loss for us, team captain, one of the leaders not just on our defense, but our team," said Kiffin after Monday's practice.
The drop off from Reveiz has definitely shown this season and hasn't gone unnoticed.
"We have seen the difference when he is not been in there and that can't happen anymore. It happened in the opener as soon as he came out they went right down the field and there was obviously a difference Saturday when he wasn't in there," said Kiffin.
The Volunteers are still in the process of evaluating the best option to try and fill the void left by Reveiz. Monday junior Savion Frazier, who was previously listed as Rico McCoy's backup at weak side linebacker, practiced in the middle.
"I haven't played in the middle since seventh grade," said Frazier after Monday's practice.
"I think it is more of a challenge mentally because you have to call the plays, know all the checks and everything. Physically I'm good, I think I'll be ok," said Frazier when asked of the transition to the middle.
Frazier will need to step up to the learning curve in a hurry with the Auburn's high powered offense coming into Knoxville in a mere five days.
"I am proud of Greg King, he did well filling the void, and I am proud of him," said Thompson of King's play on Saturday.
The Volunteers linebacking core will need to get healthy in a hurry. Rico McCoy is now the only constant for the Volunteers at linebacker.