Butch Jones: Josh Smith questionable Saturday against Ohio

Tennessee Vols wide receiver Josh Smith is questionable for Saturday's game against Ohio.

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee Vols coach Butch Jones said Wednesday redshirt junior wide receiver Josh Smith is questionable for Saturday’s game against Ohio due to an ankle injury.

Jones said Smith tweaked his ankle catching a punt in practice on Tuesday, and that Smith would attempt to practice Wednesday.

Smith has one reception for 3 yards this season. Last season, Smith had 23 receptions for 307 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

On Monday, Jones announced sophomore linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and redshirt senior defensive lineman LaTroy Lewis will miss Saturday’s game with ankle injuries.

Krikland, Lewis and Smith are starters for Tennessee.

Colton Jumper will start at middle linebacker in place of Kirkland. The junior appeared in 13 games last season.

Jones said he expected junior defensive back and kick returner Evan Berry to play against Ohio. Berry left the Virginia Tech game with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to practice Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Jones said he thought his offense took tremendous strides from game one to game two.

Ohio is coming off of a 37-21 win against Kansas, in which the Bobcats controlled the time of possession for 44 minutes and 22 seconds.

The Bobcats average 45.5 points per game through two games this season. Ohio has been bowl eligible in nine of its past 10 seasons.

Tennessee is on an eight-game winning streak dating back to last season entering Saturday’s game.

Jones went 2-0 against Ohio while he was a head coach at Central Michigan from 2007-2009.

Tennessee beat Ohio (1-1) in the two team’s only previous meeting, which was a 34-23 win at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 26, 2009.

The Vols and Bobcats kick off at noon ET Saturday at Neyland Stadium. The SEC Network will broadcast the game.

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