ATLANTA - Tennessee may have discovered a dynamic playmaker in last night's dramatic 42-41 win over Georgia Tech, but the Vols also suffered a major blow to an already inexperienced receiver unit.
Junior wideout Jauan Jennings suffered a dislocated wrist early in the second quarter, sources tell Volquest.com.
Butch Jones said postgame he hoped to have an update on Jennings status later later in the week, but per sources, Jennings is scheduled to have surgery later Tuesday afternoon, and is expected to miss up to 12 weeks with the injury.
Jennings caught three passes for 17 yards on Monday night before sophomore receiver Marquez Callaway stepped up bigtime with four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
"When we first found out we were still on the field (in the 2nd quarter)," Callaway said about Jennings after the game."They came to us and said Jauan may not be back, his wrist was kind of messed up. I didn’t think anything too bad happened. Jeff (George) told me he saw it was kind of limp (the wrist) so I was hoping it wasn’t as bad.
"But when we came in after the game and saw him you could tell he was depressed about it. It’s a minor setback for a major comeback. He’ll be back, he’s still going to be there even though he can’t be on the field with us, he’s still going to be there."
Tennessee entered Monday night with Jennings as the only wide out available with a touchdown catch his career. Senior Josh Smith (shoulder sprain) is expected to return to the field soon, though.
Jennings was the leading returning receiver on the roster after pulling in 40 catches for 580 yards and seven touchdowns last fall. His game winning Hail Mary reception on a 43 yard TD grab against Georgia in 2016 is one of the more memorable plays in recent program history, making Jennings a fan favorite.