Vols' Young has fractured collarbone

Tennessee freshman Devrin Young has a fractured collarbone, putting his availability for the season opener in question.

The Vols were hoping that Young would be the answer to their punt return woes. They finished 11th in the SEC last season with a 4.1-yard average, but an even bigger problem was how many punts they mishandled.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Young scored 83 touchdowns during his prep career at Bearden High in Knoxville. In addition to being a factor on special teams, the Vols were also going to give him a long look this season as a change-of-pace running back.

Tennessee opens fall camp on Tuesday, and there's no official word on how long Young will be sidelined. The Vols open the season against Montana on Sept. 3 and then face Cincinnati the next week.