HOOVER, Ala. – Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle is “running” and is expected to be available on a limited basis for the beginning of preseason camp, Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday afternoon at SEC Media Days.
“Shy was running last week, so that was great progress for us,” Jones said. “We anticipate him being in training camp right when we start. Now, he’ll probably be limited in some aspects, but him running and doing change-of-direction drills was very encouraging to see.”
Tuttle suffered a torn ACL during Tennessee’s loss at South Carolina on Oct. 29. He missed the remainder of the 2016 season and spring practice this offseason following the injury.
Still, despite the update, Jones didn’t give an exact date for when he expects Tuttle to receive full clearance.
“Again, the body heals at different rates, so we don’t ever put a timetable (on it),” Jones said. “But he has made great progress over the summer months.”
Tuttle, a junior, missed the majority of the 2015 season after suffering a fractured fibula and torn ankle ligaments during the Vols’ win over Georgia that October.
A former four-star recruit, Tuttle ranked as the No. 54 overall prospect, No. 9 defensive tackle and top-ranked player from the state of North Carolina for the 2015 national recruiting class.
He enters his junior season with 19 total tackles and two pass deflections in 13 career appearances.
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