LaTrell Bumphus suffers knee injury in warmups at Arkansas, likely out for season
Bumphus suffered a knee injury during warmups at Arkansas on Saturday when somebody fell onto his leg.
"He is probably going to miss the rest of the season," Pruitt said. "That is unfortunate for him."
Bumphus made 14 tackles in five games for the Vols (2-4), who face No. 6 Texas A&M (5-1) on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ESPN).
"Based off the season, that will probably be it for this year," Pruitt said.
Tennessee started seniors Matthew Butler, Darel Middleton and Aubrey Solomon on the defensive line in its 24-13 loss at Arkansas. Bumphus had started all five games entering Saturday.
Butler has started all six for Tennessee. Solomon has started four straight and Middleton has started twice.
The Savannah, Tennessee, native was a tight end for his first two seasons at Tennessee after arriving as a three-star defensive lineman.
Bumphus returned to the defensive line in 2019, when he played in 11 games with six starts. He made 23 tackles, including six tackles for loss to tie for second among the Vols.
“I’m a whole lot more comfortable, but I’m still not where I want to be," Bumphus said on Sept. 4. "But each day I keep working and strive to get where I am at. I do think with all of the help around here, I will reach my goal. As a D-lineman, I’d like us to be top five in the whole NCAA and be the No. 1 in SEC football.”
Tennessee's defensive line has struggled throughout the season. Pruitt fired defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh on Oct. 18 and appointed himself to the position..
The unit has only three sacks and 5 ½ tackles for loss through six games. Bumphus had a sack and 1 ½ tackles for loss.
The one guy that I feel like has had really good practices every single day is LaTrell Bumphus," Pruitt said on Sept. 1. "The guy continues to come to work every single day. He's trying to be at his best."
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