One current Tennessee Volunteer spent his summer getting a physical problem solved, and it appears it worked.
Last fall, Vol Linebacker Herman Lathers was bothered with a blood disorder that slowed his career. That doesn't appear to be the case this fall.
"I spent the summer getting healthy," Lathers told InsideTennessee.com Thursday after practice. "I had my spleen removed, it appears that has solved my blood issues. "
Lathers gave a lot of credit to the UT training staff.
"My blood count is up, it had to be the spleen that was causing all my problems," Lathers explained. "I worked hard and long with our training staff to get this issue resolved. This is the healthiest I have been since my freshman year."
Now, Lathers has gained some weight and feels that this could be a breakout season for the standout defender.
"I can't wait to start hitting and putting the pads on," Lathers said. "I feel like this could be my year."
With his medical issues behind him, Lathers is concentrating on studying hard and learning the new defensive system.
"Right now I'm working at two positions, the will linebacker position and the middle linebacker spot," Lathers said. "I just want to be the best I can be at both spots and I feel I will see a lot of action.
Lathers and his fellow linebackers have taken on a new attitude.
"We want to be the mindset of the team," Lathers said. "We want to set the tempo for the season. The chemistry on this team is the best it's ever been; we are one big happy family."