The Tennessee Volunteers will be a bit shorthanded on Saturday evening when they make the trip to Norman to take on the Sooners. Head Coach Butch Jones announced on Monday that starting receiver Von Pearson and defensive lineman Trevarris Saulsberry will not be available for the game.
Pearson is currently third on the team in receptions (7), second in receiving yards (98) and has a touchdown reception on the year. The JUCO transfer who is in his first season in Knoxville was off to a tremendous start against Arkansas State on Saturday by catching four passes for 71 yards in the first quarter but then suffered a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for the remainder of that game and will keep him out against Oklahoma.
"It is a setback," Jones said about losing one of his top receivers, "offensively, for us, but the way I look at it is it's another individual's opportunity to step up."
In addition, Jones announced that defensive tackle Trevarris Saulsberry would not be available either. Saulsberry has yet to play this season after suffering a knee injury in camp last month.
Freshman tight end Ethan Wolf is questionable for the Oklahoma game with a bruised knee. The 6-5/243 target has caught eight passes for 46 yards this season but was also injured in the Arkansas State game. He was seen after on crutches but you really can't look too much into that with all of the precautions that are taken these days to help with injuries. If Wolf is unable to go it would mean that the Vols are without two of quarterback Justin Worley's top four targets.