Vols recover from weekend loss, prepare for next week’s game against South Carolina

Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara (6) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as he's hit by Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison (15) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The University of Tennessee football team has a break from game day this weekend.

Last Saturday, the Vols loss to No. 1 Alabama, 49-10. The team dropped to No. 18 in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

Head Coach Butch Jones said that going into the season he believed it would be the most competitive within the Southeastern Conference. “Most of the teams that win in this conference are mature football teams,” said Jones. “It is a grind, the depth of your program will start to reveal itself.”

Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin spoke Tuesday on his injury. He would not say what type of injury he has, but that he will be out for the rest of the reason to prevent damaging his shoulder. Reeves-Maybin was on a plane during the game against Alabama. “It killed me not being there,” he said.

Kahil McKenzie will also be out for the season due to a pectoral tendon.

Jones says this week is a good opportunity for more players to step up. “This is their opportunity to earn significant playing time.”

The Vols next game will be in Columbia, South Carolina against the Gamecocks. South Carolina last conference game was Oct. 9 against Georgia. South Carolina loss, 28-14.

Related: Vols lose to Alabama: 49-10

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