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Reveiz, up to 3rd-string Vol ’backer, healing leg

Just when a non-scholarship freshman was finally beginning to break through and make noise as a serious linebacker on Tennessee’s 2007 depth chart — a bad break hits home.

Literally. Nick Reveiz, former All-state linebacker at Farragut who had risen to No. 3 on the Vols’ middle linebacker depth chart, suffered a broken fibula in his left leg during a Feb. 27 practice.

“I was having, I think, my best practice here at Tennessee,” the 5-foot-10, 225-pound redshirt freshman said after the edamerica Orange and White Game Saturday, March 31, in Neyland Stadium. “The Saturday before it happened I had a real good scrimmage, I had six tackles and one forced fumble and one tackle for loss. I think I really highlighted that scrimmage with a couple of big hits.”

With the spring practice absence of Vol starter Jerod Mayo, Reveiz worked with both the first- and second-team units.

Questioned during his post-game press conference about Volunteer Squad (non-scholarship) UT players who could make serious contributions this fall, head coach Philip Fulmer said “I definitely think Nick Reveiz will.”

No surgery was required and no further complications were uncovered, Reveiz said, adding he should make a full recovery and be ready this fall. “The bone completely broke, but it stayed in place somehow.”

Reveiz was injured on a screen play approaching Vol standout tailback LaMarcus Coker attempting to force him inside while making the tackle.

“I was diving to tackle him and I was on my left leg” when another Vol accidentally fell on Reveiz’s leg. “His body hit the middle of my leg and it snapped.

“I couldn’t breathe, I was kinda in shock,” Reveiz added. “I was real nauseated, I was getting lightheaded. So I knew I was pretty much broken.”

Beyond the physical pain, “It was pretty emotional ’cause I had been working real hard ... I wanted to make a lot of big statements, which I think I did,” Reveiz said. “But it’s still frustrating because I had only gotten through half of it.”

Required to wear a “boot” through mid-April, Reveiz said he plans to begin jogging by late April — a process lasting “three to four weeks to get to full speed ... building up to one hundred percent.”


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