Butch Jones: Jalen Reeves-Maybin still looking at options

Reeves-Maybin looking over options after injury.

KNOXVILLE - Injured Tennessee Volunteers senior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin is still looking at different options for his future, according to coach Butch Jones.

GoVols247 reported Saturday Reeves-Maybin would undergo shoulder surgery, which would end his collegiate career.

“Jalen Reeves-Maybin is still looking at some different options for what avenues he wants to pursue,” Jones said at a Monday afternoon news conference. “He has all the time that he possibly needs to make that decision.”

Reeves-Maybin missed the two games against Texas A&M and Georgia. He recorded two tackles in the first half against Florida on Sept. 24 before exiting the game due to the injury. Tennessee’s leading tackler the past two seasons also left the Ohio game on Sept. 17.

"Jalen Reeves-Maybin has earned that right and deserves that right to make a decision when he feels it's appropriate for him," Jones said.

GoVols247 reported redshirt senior defensive lineman Danny O'Brien was dismissed from the Tennessee football team on Monday evening for a violation of team rules.

A release from UT Athletics said O'Brien's dismissal is unrelated to his injury at Kyle Field after a helmet-to-helmet hit during Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

UT said it provide any additional O'Brien requires from the injury.

Jones thanked UT's training staff and Texas A&M officials for how they handled the situation.

"Those are one of those moments in time when you're on the field you never want to be a part of," Jones said Monday afternoon.

The Vols (5-1, 2-1 SEC) remained ranked No. 9 in the AP Top 25 Poll released Monday afternoon following Saturday's double-overtime road loss to Texas A&M. The Aggies moved up from No. 8 to No. 6 in the AP Poll.

Tennessee did drop two spots in the Amway Coaches Poll to No. 11.

Jones praised the performance of junior running back Alvin Kamara, who set a Tennessee record with 312 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M.

"I don't think I've been around a performance like that in a long time," Jones said.

Kamara broke Chuck Webb's previous program record of 294 yards against Ole Miss in 1989.

Kamara finished the game with 127 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on 18 carries. He also had eight receptions for 161 receiving yards. His other yardage came on 16 kick return yards and eight punt return yards.

Kamara filled in for junior running Jalen Hurd, who missed Saturday's game with a lower extremity injury.

Sophomore running back John Kelly also eclipsed more than 100 total yards against the Aggies. He had 89 rushing yards on 13 carries, a rushing touchdown and one reception for 12 yards.

Jones called it "a good problem" to find a way to get all three running backs touches.

On Monday, Jones said he'd know later in the week about a number of injuries to Tennessee players, including whether or not Hurd will play Saturday against No. 1 Alabama.

Bar Graph: Comparing the stats of Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara so far in 2016

Saturday's game against Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) marks Tennessee's fourth straight game against a ranked opponent, and the second consecutive game against a Top 10 opponent.

"I would challenge anybody in the country with the schedule that we've had, not just this year, but the last few years," Jones said.

The Crimson Tide have the longest active win streak in FBS with 18 consecutive victories. Alabama forced five turnovers in a 49-30 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

"I think this is the best Alabama team we've faced since we've been here," Jones said.

Tennessee and Alabama kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Neyland Stadium. CBS will broadcast the game.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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