When asked after Tuesday's workout about Gordon's absence, head coach Lane Kiffin somberly replied, "The Clearinghouse took him off the field."
Sources close to the program told InsideTennessee.com that the matter was resolved within minutes of Kiffin's announcement, however. Gordon reportedly attended a team meeting Tuesday evening and will be back on the practice field Wednesday morning.
Fellow freshmen Marlon Walls and James Green have not yet received a green light from the NCAA Clearinghouse and have not yet practiced. Walls is a 6-2, 290-pound defensive tackle from Hargrave Military and Green is a 6-2, 190-pound receiver from Tallahassee.
Gordon, a 5-10, 187-pounder from Nashville, caught 43 passes for 716 yards as a senior at Hillsboro High and rushed for another 510 yards. Rated a four-star cornerback prospect by Scout.com last fall, he was showing some flashes in UT's preseason workouts, including last Saturday's initial scrimmage.
Highlights from Tuesday's workout included:
- Freshman defensive back Nyshier Oliver made a beautiful break on a quick out to pick off a pass from No. 2 quarterback Nick Stephens.
- Junior receiver Brandon Warren used a nifty fake to get behind freshman cornerback Mike Edwards for a 35-yard touchdown catch.
- Montori Hughes, a 6-4, 312-pound freshman defensive tackle, bumped 5-10, 186-pound freshman tailback David Oku so forcefully in a non-tackling "thud" drill that he sent his classmate flying through the air.
- Star wide receiver Gerald Jones came up limping after making a nice catch in a 7-on-7 drill. Jones was withheld from the final hour of the workout but was walking (albeit gingerly) on his own power.
- Freshman wideout Nu'Keese Richardson took a few snaps as a shotgun quarterback and made the most spectacular catch of the day, soaring to reel in a 20-yard pass from No. 1 quarterback Jonathan Crompton.
- Crompton, coming off probably the best scrimmage of his UT career on Saturday, looked very sharp and very confident again on Tuesday.