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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The leader of Tennessee’s football team is a guy who didn’t play at all last year.
But that hasn’t stopped Maggitt from making an impact.
“I’m feeling better and better,” Maggitt said.
Maggitt started each of his first two seasons at Tennessee and developed a reputation as one of the defense’s top big-play performers, but he battled a variety of injuries his sophomore year. He was having arguably his best game of the 2012 season against Missouri when he tore his ACL.
The injury sidelined him longer than he expected.
During the start of preseason camp last August, Maggitt indicated he was cautiously optimistic he’d be ready for the start of the season. As it turned out, he never played at all. By midseason, Maggitt and Jones agreed a redshirt was the best option for him.
“I was really trying to feel it out in the first three to four games and I just didn’t feel like myself,” Maggitt said. “I think probably the fourth or fifth game, I sat down and talked with Coach Jones. That’s the hardest decision I’ve made.”
Maggitt still found a way to contribute, though, whether he was encouraging teammates on Saturdays or practicing alongside them on weekdays.
“I feel like the guys know that I love the game,” Maggitt said. “It’s not a show. I truly enjoy being here at the complex, and I truly love Tennessee. Even though I wasn’t on the field physically, I was on the sideline in away games, on the scout team. I gave my all.”
Maggitt’s willingness to do whatever he could to help the program while injured earned him the everlasting respect of his teammates.
“Ever since I got here, the day I stepped onto campus, I felt Curt’s leadership role,” sophomore defensive end Corey Vereen said. “It was very inspiring. Every day you’d come in, Curt has a good attitude. He’s always pushing guys. It was very nice to see that. It helped me as a person.”
Senior defensive end Jordan Williams said Maggitt’s leadership has been particularly apparent since the end of last season.
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