Pair of Vols go under knife

Friday, November 18, 2005

A pair of redshirt freshmen, tailback Ja'Kouri Williams and linebacker Jerod Mayo, underwent knee surgeries this week at UT Medical Center. Head athletic trainer Keith Clements made the announcement after Thursday's practice at Haslam Field.

Williams, who hails from Plaquemine, La., and has appeared in seven games in mostly a special teams role, underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday and will miss Tennessee's final two regular season games. Clements and the UT training staff believe there is a chance Williams could return to playing shape by late December if his rehabilitation goes ahead of schedule.

Mayo appeared in six of UT's first seven games, making 10 tackles from his second-team linebacker position and three more on special teams. The Hampton, Va., product had open surgery to repair a torn knee ligament and will miss the remainder of the season along with spring practice. Mayo, who is spending Thursday night in the hospital, is expected to return for the 2006 playing season.

Dr. Greg Mathien and the team orthopedic surgeons from Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic handled both procedures.