KNOXVILLE – Evan Berry will miss the remainder of the football season with a knee injury, head coach Butch Jones said Monday.
The Vols Junior safety and kick return specialist suffered a knee injury on Saturday in the Vols 55-0 win over Tennessee Tech.
Berry is the fifth Tennessee player to be sidelined with a season-ending injury.
“It kind of goes with the theme,” Jones said. “He’s going to be missed not only from a return aspect of things but also we thought he was playing very well for us in the back end of our defense and he was really coming along at the safety position.”
Berry made two starts at safety, replacing Micah Abernathy who is expected to return after a hamstring injury.
The Fairburn, Ga. Native has also been on the country’s best kick returners. Berry ranks second in the nation this season, averaging 32.9 yards on returns. He has returned four for touchdowns in his career, including one this season at South Carolina.
Jones said Tyler Byrd and Abernathy would see more reps at the position at practice this week.
Tennessee (6-3, 2-3 SEC) hosts Kentucky (5-4, 4-3 SEC) on Saturday at noon at Neyland Stadium. The game will be aired on SEC Network.