The Vols will be getting two of their top playmakers back this week against South Carolina.
Wide receiver/kick returner Devrin Young and Marlin Lane are both expected to be back in action on Saturday.
Young broke his hand during practice, prior to Tennessee’s game against Western Kentucky in early September, and has been out ever since.
The plan for Young was for him to be the team’s primary return man. Jacob Carter and Vincent Dallas (who has since left the team) stepped up in Young’s absence.
The Vols will likely ease Young back into the gameplan.
Butch Jones: It’s a lot to expect from a young man who’s missed a number of weeks to come back and be in football shape mentally and physically. We may have to pick our spots [with Devrin] on Saturday, but we’ll see what kind of practice he’s had.
Running back Marlin Lane was injured in the first half of the Vols’ win over South Alabama. He didn’t return to the game and ended up missing Tennessee’s game against Georgia.
Rajion Neal has stepped up big time in Lane’s absence, getting the bulk of the carries and making the most of them.
Neal will remain the starter, but Lane’s return will lighten his load drastically.
Lane is averaging 6.2 yards a carry so far this season.
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