Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin has played his last down as a Volunteer. According to Scout’s Danny Parker, the senior linebacker and leading tackler each of the last two seasons will undergo surgery within the next two weeks to mend a biceps subluxation in his left shoulder.
Reeves-Maybin played only the first few minutes of the Volunteers’ Week 4 home victory over the Florida Gators. He made an early exit after experiencing some discomfort. The linebacker traveled with the team during last weekend’s road game to Athens when Tennessee took on the Georgia Bulldogs, though Reeves-Maybin did not suit up.
Despite an abbreviated career with half of the season left to go, his Tennessee tenure comes to a halt with 240 tackles – 149 solo – 27 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one interception over the course of 41 games.
With Reeves-Maybin, the Volunteers allowed 56 points through the first three games and without him versus the Gators and Bulldogs, Tennessee’s defense allowed points of 28 and 31, respectively. Those two recent games formulated into wins for the No. 9 Volunteers, who meet the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday afternoon.
CBS Sports has this to say about Reeves-Maybin, who is an intriguing 2017 draft prospect:
“Reeves-Maybin has terrific diagnosis skills, frequently breaking through the line of scrimmage on outside runs and is especially keen to blowing up screen passes. He possesses excellent spatial awareness and body control, helping him slither past blockers on his way to the ball. He has light feet and flexible joints, helping him change directions fluidly and accelerates quickly, allowing Reeves-Maybin to catch many ballcarriers from behind.”