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Tennessee freshman safety Trevon Flowers out with injury

Jeremy Pruitt confirmed the news today.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at West Virginia Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee has been making steady progress with their young secondary over the first five games of the season. One of those three freshman defensive backs has suffered an injury, however.

Safety Trevon Flowers suffered a collarbone injury and will be out for a few weeks, per Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt. The injury occurred last week in practice while Flowers was diving for a football.

The freshman safety has nine tackles and has been credited with one pass breakup on the season. Flowers was a three-star prospect and was recruited both on the football and baseball side.

Flowers’ injury should bump up the playing time for Theo Jackson, who has been in the safety rotation for much of the year. Pruitt noted that veteran safety Todd Kelly Jr. was still taking “baby steps” in his recovery, so he likely won’t be an option to help replace Flowers.

Tennessee will face Auburn, Alabama and South Carolina over the next three weeks.