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Report: Wanya Morris to miss spring practice

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A temporary blow to the offensive line.

NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee will have to wait until the fall to start building chemistry between their starting five offensive lineman. According to a report from Austin Price of VolQuest.com, Wanya Morris will be sidelined for the next few months as he rehabs a hip injury. Morris underwent surgery in January and faces a “lengthy” rehab process.

The former five-star recruit played every game last year for Tennessee in his freshman season, working mainly at left tackle. Morris was named to the All-Freshman SEC team for his efforts during the 2019 season.

Morris returns this season to a group that will feature three other former five-star prospects, assuming Georgia transfer Cade Mays can secure a waiver to play immediately. Trey Smith passed on a chance to go to the NFL to return for his senior season, while Darnell Wright will enter year two at right tackle. Sixth-year senior Brandon Kennedy completes the group at the center position.

Expect some shuffling during the spring with Morris out. You will probably see Darnell Wright, Cade Mays and K’Rojhn Calbert get work at left tackle, perhaps with added reps for Chris Akporoghene.

While losing Morris for the spring doesn’t help the cause, this is much less of an issue now with added depth and versatility at the position.