Gray leaving the program
Daniel Gray
Daniel Gray
Managing Editor/Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 8, 2013


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If there is an aspect to the 2012 version of Tennessee football that showed a glaring weakness, it was pure speed at defensive back.

With a year under his belt and more coaching from another set of defensive assistants, the Volunteers were looking forward to production from rising sophomore Daniel Gray. That's not going to be the case as Gray packed his bags Tuesday with plans to leave Knoxville for good.

Gray's departure is not performance-based, rather a violation of team rules. He plans to continue playing football at another university. Look for news of his joining another roster, perhaps closer to his Florida home, this summer.

The Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., native played in eight games as a true freshman on Rocky Top with his first start coming against Troy. He registered six tackles (five solo).

Gray, rated by FOX Sports NEXT as a three-star prospect, was a long-time commitment to Kansas before a winter run at the speedster and a relationship with the then-head coach at Boyd Anderson (Fla.) High School eventually led to a signed letter of intent.

Left at cornerback are redshirt senior Nyshier Oliver, juniors Justin Coleman, Riyahd Jones and Jaron Toney, and freshmen Malik Foreman, Lemond Johnson and Cameron Sutton. It's yet-to-be-determined if senior Eric Gordon will return to Tennessee's roster after being suspended through much of the spring.

Vol fans may see walk-on redshirt sophomore Max Arnold work his way into the mix. The McKenzie, Tenn., native forced a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown in the Orange & White game on April 20. Also, Michael F. Williams showed some promise in the spring coming over from the Vol track & field team. However, if Williams plays one snap during a game, his scholarship goes from track to football.

InsideTennessee staff writer Chris Price contributed to this report.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the FOX Sports NEXT team July 2011.
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