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Jeremy Pruitt says safety Trevon Flowers broke his leg

A blow to the defense.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APR 13 Tennessee Orange & White Game Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tennessee lost a starter in their win on Saturday afternoon against Mississippi State. Safety Trevon Flowers broke his leg during the return of his interception today, according to head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

“Unfortunately Trevon Flowers, on the interception, he broke his leg,” Pruitt said after the win. “So he’s a guy that hasn’t played a whole lot of football. Broke his collarbone last year. A guy that I think is going to be a really good player.”

The sophomore safety has appeared in all six games for Tennessee in 2019. He snagged his first career interception today, unfortunately seeing his season end at the end of the play.

“He started playing well last week against Georgia, played good today,” Pruitt said. “Then unfortunately we lost him. Now we throw in Theo (Jackson), coming in there, then Jaylen McCollough. We’re just kind of putting younger guys out there.”

Flowers was a three-star prospect who signed with Tennessee as a part of the 2018 class. He’s been a constant contributor defensively since arriving on campus.

As Pruitt noted, this shifts pressure towards Theo Jackson and true freshman Jaylen McCollough at safety. With a trip to Alabama on deck for next week, the entire Tennessee secondary is set to be put to the test.