Tennessee star wide receiver Cedric Tillman. Sources told ESPN that he will not play against Florida on Saturday due to an ankle injury.

Tillman injured his ankle midway through the second quarter against Akron last week. With Tennessee bye next week, there is optimism he could return for the Volunteers’ next game at LSU on Oct. 8, sources said.

Tillman entered the season as the SEC’s most productive returner and a first-team all-conference preseason selection, and he is considered Tennessee’s top receiving threat. In three games this season, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Tillman has been caught for 246 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Tillman’s absence will be significant for a Tennessee offense that relies heavily on the passing game and vertical routes. Veteran Volunteer Quarterly Hendon Hooker It is expected to be more visible to the flexible slot receiver Jalin HyattMann is also a deep threat and is Tennessee’s leading pass-catcher this season with 18 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns. USC transfer Bruce McCoyStarting at the wide receiver position outside of the others, he can see multiple targets. He caught eight passes for 109 yards and one touchdown this year.

It is expected that replacing Tillman in the beginning will be high Ramel KeatonHe had five catches for 114 yards and one touchdown. second Walker Merrill Can also see added hints.

Tennessee entered Saturday No. 3 in total offense (553.7 YPG) and No. 5 in passing offense (371.3). They are 4th in scoring with 52.0 points per game.

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