Maggitt Has Vols Welcoming Return Of Their Leader

Maggitt Has Vols Welcoming Return Of Their Leader

CREATED Mar 8, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The leader of Tennessee's football team is a guy who didn't play at all last year.

Junior linebacker Curt Maggitt tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in November 2012. His last appearance in a game precedes second-year coach Butch Jones' arrival on campus.

But that hasn't stopped Maggitt from making an impact. Jones has described Maggitt as the heart and soul of Tennessee's team. Maggitt, who says he's finally back at full strength, now wants to be described as a playmaker.

Maggitt's return should boost a defense that has produced the fewest sacks in the Southeastern Conference each of the last two years. The Volunteers believe he's versatile enough to drop into pass coverage or line up in a three-point stance and rush the passer.

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