Tennessee coach Butch Jones told reporters Friday night that Volunteers defensive tackle Shy Tuttle is “ahead of schedule” in his return from a torn ACL.
Jones said Tuttle, a junior, is participating in individual drills thus far in Tennessee’s fall camp.
“Shy is continuing to progress,” Jones said. ” … He’s not done any team activities yet, but he continues to progress and we’re very, very encouraged by what we see so far.”
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.
For Tuttle, it was the second straight season in which he’s suffered a season-ending injury after suffering a fractured fibula and torn ankle ligaments against Georgia in October 2015.
“It’s really encouraging when you get him out here in full pads (Friday), and he’s doing individual drills with teammates,” Jones said. “It’s extremely encouraging. He’s worked very hard. So you can see the excitement as well in his demeanor.”
Jones said last month at SEC Media Days that Tuttle was “running” and that he expected that he would be limited to start fall camp.
Tuttle, who is 6-foot-2 and 308 pounds, enters his junior season with 19 tackles (one for loss), two passes deflected, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick in 13 career appearances.
A former four-star recruit, Tuttle was considered by 247Sports Composite to be among the top 10 defensive tackles and top 55 overall prospects in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Tennessee offensive tackle Chance Hall was lost for the season earlier this week because of a knee injury.
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