Cornerback Jonathan Hefney (Rock Hill, S.C.) is the only signee assured of missing the 2003 Vol season. According to The Tennessean, he plans to attend Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy for a year, re-sign with Tennessee next year and enroll for the 2004 season. He then would have four years to play four seasons.
Offensive tackle Arron Sears (Russellville, Ala.) is anxiously awaiting the results from his latest attempt to meet the standardized test score necessary for immediate eligibility. If he comes up short, he could enroll as a part-time student, continue taking the test till he passes it, then become a full-time student in January. This would make him eligible in time for the 2004 season.
Like Sears, defensive tackle Anthony McDaniel (Columbia, S.C.) is still waiting to learn if he will be a full qualifier. He projects to be at least a partial qualifier, which would allow him to enroll and practice with the team but not play this season.
McDaniel plans to attend summer school at UT, as do all Vol freshmen except for Hefney, Sears, receiver Bret Smith (Warren, Ark.) and punter Britton Colquitt (Knoxville). Both Smith and Colquitt are fully qualified. Rather than battle older brother Dustin for Tennessee's punting job the next two years, Britton Colquitt has elected to enroll at UT as a part-time student in August, upgrade to full-time in January, then participate in spring practice and join the football program for the 2004 season. This will leave him with five years to play four seasons.