KNOXVILLE – Tennessee freshman wide receiver/running back Alton ‘Pig’ Howard underwent surgery on his foot and will miss fall camp, according to a report from

Howard confirmed the surgery via his personal Twitter account.

Howard enrolled at UT in the first session of summer school and has worked at wide receiver and running back in offseason drills. He is a former consensus four-star recruit out of Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound freshman racked up more than 1,500 all-purpose yards in his junior and senior seasons at Edgewater High and played in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game.


Redshirting Howard could be a possibility, but sophomore running back/return specialist Devrin Young proved that a freshman can overcome missing their first fall camp. Young missed all of fall camp in 2011 with a broken collarbone, yet returned mid-season and led the Vols in punt and kick return yardage.

The exact date of Howard’s return to practice is unknown, but missing some games remains a possibility.