CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Tennessee Volunteers before their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt got some bad news this week. Defensive tackle Emmit Gooden, one of the top linemen on the team, is poised to miss the entire 2019 season.According to GoVols247, Gooden suffered a season-ending significant knee injury on Tuesday. Pruitt told the media that Gooden will undergo surgery next week and will hopefully return in the spring.“He’ll continue with going to school and get ready to come back next spring and next fall,” Pruitt said.Gooden recorded 33 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and a sack in ten games while averaging only 20 snaps a game.BREAKING: Jeremy Pruitt announces defensive lineman Emmit Gooden will miss the season with a knee injury.Huge blow for #Vols to lose their top defensive lineman. (FREE) https://t.co/cTK5d5X7zw— Patrick Brown (@pbrown247) August 7, 2019 A Tennessee native, Gooden joined the Vols in 2018 after spending the previous season in junior college. Coming out of high school in 2016, 247Sports rated him as a four-star prospect and the No. 316 player in the nation.Losing Gooden is a big blow for a Tennessee team that is very thin at the position.Pruitt may have to give a lot of reps to the several defensive linemen they picked up in the Class of 2019 to compensate.Last year the Vols went 5-7 in Pruitt’s first year at the helm. They have not had a winning season since 2016.Tennessee is largely expected to be an SEC cellar-dweller in 2019. Pruitt will need to come up with a little bit of magic to scratch hit wins.