KNOXVILLE - Tennessee Volunteers junior safety Todd Kelly Jr. is doubtful to play in Saturday’s game against Missouri, according to head coach Butch Jones.
Kelly left the Kentucky game due to an ankle injury.
Jones declined to comment Wednesday afternoon whether or not sophomore safety Stephen Griffin would start in place of Kelly.
Offensive linemen Dylan Wiesman and Chance Hall are questionable for Saturday’s game against Missouri, according to Jones.
On Wednesday, Jones said Wiesman and Hall would attempt to practice Wednesday.
Jones said he was unaware the College Football Playoff Selection Committee ranked Tennessee (7-3, 3-3 SEC) at No. 19 in its Week 11 rankings until Wednesday afternoon.
“Actually, I just found out while we were walking in here with Ryan (Robinson),” Jones said at his biweekly news conference on Wednesday. “I don’t really focus on any of those things and our focus on our next opponent Missouri.”
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Junior defensive lineman Derek Barnett has 30 career sacks entering Saturday’s game against Missouri, which is just two sacks behind Reggie White’s program record of 32. White played at UT from 1980-1983.
“That’s part of the opportunity, the privilege that it is to play at the University of Tennessee when you play in the shadows of so many great players,” Jones said. “There’s so many great players that have played in Neyland Stadium, and have walked the same paths and used the same facilities.”
Missouri (3-7, 1-5 SEC) has allowed only 11 sacks this season.
Jones said he hasn’t thought about whether or not there would be a stoppage in Saturday’s game if Barnett breaks White’s record.
“I don’t anticipate that happening,” Jones said. “He’ll be recognized, and rightfully so, at the appropriate time."
Tennessee Volunteers career sacks leaders:
1. Reggie White, 1980-1983: 32 sacks
2. Derek Barnett, 2014-present: 30 sacks
3. Leonard Little, 1995-1997: 28 sacks
4. Jonathan Brown, 1994-1997: 25 sacks
5. Todd Kelly, 1989-1992: 22.5 sacks
Tennessee has to win their final two games of the season and needs Florida to lose to SEC West opponent LSU on Saturday, in order for the Vols to win the SEC East division and reach the SEC title game in Atlanta.
SEC East teams are 2-9 against SEC West opponents with three regular-season crossover games and the SEC title game remaining. LSU is a 13.5-point favorite against Florida, according to the sports betting website Bovada.
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LSU hosts Florida at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. The Tigers - Gators game airs on the SEC Network.
Kickoff between Tennessee and Missouri is set for 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Neyland Stadium. The game airs on CBS.
The Vols will honor 13 seniors, including 11 scholarship seniors, in a pregame ceremony on Saturday. The four-year seniors in the group are the first to have gone through UT entirely during Jones’ tenure.
Tennessee has a 1-3 record against Missouri.
The Vols beat the Tigers 19-8 last season at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri is 2-0 against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.
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