The news on Tennessee defensive end Ben Martin is not good.
“It looks like he’s going to be out for quite some time; it looks like an Achilles issue,” head coach Derek Dooley said following Friday’s afternoon workout at Haslam Field. “Anytime you lose a good player, it hurts. It hurts your team.”
Martin started 11 games last season and owns 33 career appearances. The Cincinnati native finished 2009 with 38 tackles, including 3-1/2 sacks for minus-32 yards. His three pass deflections tied for fourth on the team.
Martin played as a true freshman in 2007, so he still has a medical redshirt option for 2011.
“He’s got another year, but I’m not ready to say he’s out for the year,” Dooley said. “Let’s see what happens in rehab and see how it goes. But