Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who has not played since the first quarter of Tennessee's game against Florida, will be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a left shoulder injury, according to multiple reports.
A star linebacker and captain for the Vols who started all 30 games in which he played over the last three seasons, Reeves-Maybin will reportedly need surgery that will force him out the rest of the year and end his college career, according to 247Sports.
Scout.com, which first reported Reeves-Maybin's status, notes that he needs to "repair a biceps subluxation in his left shoulder."
In 2015, Reeves-Maybin was the leading tackler for the Vols with 105 tackles, 14.5 for a loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles. This year, he had 20 tackles, including two for loss, in four appearances before suffering the injury.
With his college career apparently coming to an abrupt end, the next time Reeves-Maybin is on a football field will be at the next level. He is currently ranked as the 10th best outside linebacker prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft, according to CBS Sports prospect rankings.
Junior linebacker Cortez McDowell, who has 27 tackles on the season, has taken on a bigger role and more snaps in Reeves-Maybin's absence.