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Munoz to Miss Season After Surgery

May 7, 2001

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Munoz will undergo surgery on his left knee this month and miss the 2001 season to recover.

Munoz, who started last season as a freshman, had an arthroscopic evaluation of his knee April 3 to determine the extent of damage to his cartilage. That caused him to miss spring practice.

Munoz and his family decided over the weekend to go ahead with the surgery on May 17, coach Phillip Fulmer said Monday.

He had three procedures on the knee while in high school and played with soreness during much of last season.

``This surgery should allow him to play pain-free in the future,″ Fulmer said.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound native of Mason, Ohio, is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz.

Tennessee practiced this spring as if Munoz would not be available this fall.

Senior Reggie Coleman, who started all 12 games at left tackle last season, filled Munoz’ spot on the right side this spring.

Junior Anthony Herrera shifted from guard to left tackle. Senior Fred Weary and junior Will Ofenheusle are probable starters at guard with sophomore Scott Wells remaining at center.

``We hoped for the best and prepared for the worst as we went through the offseason and spring practice,″ Fulmer said. ``This will give some young offensive linemen an opportunity to step up and perform to overcome Michael’s absence.″

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