Wilhoit, McDaniel out


Posted Mar 8, 2005


Spring practice is a time when head coaches often take a long look at their younger football players. Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has no choice but to do so this spring; most of his OLDER players are sidelined.

Two rising juniors -- kicker James Wilhoit and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel -- are the latest spring casualties. All told, 12 Vols will be sidelined or limited this spring.

Wilhoit recent underwent a surgical procedure to remove an extra bone from his right (kicking) foot. He says the foot hurt when he kicked last season and hints that it contributed to the fact his numbers slipped from 2003 to 2004. After hitting 17 of 24 field goal tries (70.8 percent) as a freshman, he slipped to 10 of 17 (58.8 percent) as a sophomore last fall.

McDaniel, already suspended in connection with a pending assault charge, has had his suspension suspended through spring drills. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly decking a fellow student with a single punch during a Jan. 12 pickup basketball game.

McDaniel's case has been reset for April 13, so it will not be resolved in time for spring practice, which begins Thursday. In addition to his legal difficulties, McDaniel must survive a review by the university's judicial affairs council if he is to rejoin the Vols in time for preseason drills this August.


Related Stories
Keeper of the Sleepers Looks Back
 -by InsideTennessee.com  Feb 25, 2005
Coming out on TOP
 -by InsideTennessee.com  Nov 3, 2004
Wilhoit Thrilled, Not Killed
 -by InsideTennessee.com  Sep 21, 2004

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of Rocky Top Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from InsideTennessee.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
K James Wilhoit (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Hendersonville HS > Alumni
Football > Tennessee
[View My HotList]