After missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon, Tennessee defensive end Ben Martin has suffered another Achilles injury to his other leg and is scheduled to undergo surgery this week.
Martin, a rising senior, hopes to be able to rehabilitate fast enough following surgery to get back for the 2011 season, but there are no guarantees -- especially with a pair of Achilles injuries so close together.
With or without Martin, the Vols were counting on big sophomore seasons from Jacques Smith and Corey Miller. Both showed a lot of promise last season as true freshmen. Rising junior Willie Bohannon will also see his role increase in Tennessee's end rotation. Among them, Smith, Miller and Bohannon combined for five sacks last season and will be the only three scholarship ends on the roster this spring.
Malik Jackson, a rising senior, came to Tennessee from Southern California as an end, but moved to tackle midway through last season. He's expected to stay inside, where the Vols are equally thin.
Tennessee also signed two players in this recruiting class projected to play end -- Curt Maggitt and Jordan Williams.