Vols’ Punter Likely Out For USC Game
By Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee guard Kevin Punter Jr. has a stress fracture in his right foot, which likely will force the Volunteers to continue playing without their top scorer.
Volunteers coach Rick Barnes announced the severity of Punter’s injury Monday and described his status as “day to day.” Barnes said he doesn’t expect Punter to play Wednesday at South Carolina (22-5, 9-5 SEC) but added that “I’ve been fooled before.”
Punter already missed Tennessee’s 81-65 victory over LSU on Saturday.
The 6-foot-2 senior averages 22.2 points per game for Tennessee (13-14, 6-8) and ranks 11th among all Division I players in scoring.
Barnes said Punter indicated his foot started hurting intermittently the last couple of weeks and that it felt worse Thursday when Tennessee warmed up before an 80-70 loss at Kentucky.