Warren County’s first member of the UT football team in decades will have to wait at least another year to get on the field.
Freshman offensive tackle K’Rojhn Calbert will not play in 2017, Tennessee officials said Wednesday.
According to Volquest.com, Calbert will likely require surgery on a pre-existing knee injury and will redshirt this season.
Calbert is a towering physical presence listed as 6-foot-5 and 316 pounds by the University of Tennessee. He has battled injuries in the past, which is a big reason why he didn’t see substantial varsity football action until his senior season with the Pioneers. Calbert started every football game as a senior, then went on to play a full season with the WCHS basketball team. He missed his entire junior year of football.
Calbert’s lack of experience was expected to result in a redshirt year anyway, but his role shifted when the Vols lost veteran offensive lineman Chance Hall to a season-ending injury last week.
According to Volquest.com, Calbert received positive reviews from UT offensive line coach Walt Wells earlier in camp.
“K’Rojhn is a big, athletic and strong kid who’s never played a lot of football,” Wells said. “He’s learning every day and the thing that’s really surprised me with him is how quickly he’s learning. He’s doing a nice job with that. We’ve got to continue to push him. He hasn’t seen a lot of different things from our defense yet, so his head’s exploding a little bit, but he’s doing a good job.”
Calbert is expected to be full speed for next spring.