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11th Player Departs Tennessee


Posted May 7, 2009


The University of Tennessee football program’s attrition list is growing.

By: BE Coleman

The University of Tennessee football program’s attrition list is growing. After more than 150 days since Lane Kiffin took over the program, finds eleven players have left the fold.

The latest to leave is former Maryville standout Tyler Maples. The Scout 3 star rated WR asked head coach Lane Kiffin for a transfer to pursue playing time at another school.

Maples is the second player in four days time to request a transfer from Knoxville.

The former Mr. 4A prep player in 2006; redshirted the 2007 season under Phillip Fulmer. He made one appearance for the Volunteers during 2008 campaign, in the Volunteers 34-3 win over Mississippi State.

The 6’1” 190 lb. Maples is the fourth player to leave since spring practice ended, the 7th to leave on his own accord. Kiffin dismissed four additional players for disciplinary reasons.

The departure list now reads: January dismissals of two offensive linemen in Ramone Johnson, Darius Myers and wide receiver E.J. Abrams-Ward who each broke team rules.

Nashville offensive lineman Preston Bailey was next, Bailey left the program due to physical workout demands in February.

Texas running back Lennon Creer quit halfway into spring practice, and starting free safety Demetrice Morley was permanently released for missing practices, a scrimmage, while being late to multiple team meetings.

Defensive tackle-turned-offensive guard Donald Langley left the program shortly thereafter.

The attrition mounted when quarterback BJ Coleman quit the program along with Lineman Darris Sawtelle after spring concluded. On Monday, Kiffin confirmed the departure of WR Ahmad Paige.

Coleman signed with UT Chattanooga on Thursday, a day after the NCAA placed the program on probation for academic APR failings.

Chattanooga’s football team must improve its academic standing in the upcoming year, or the Mocs could lose their Division I membership for all sports.

The Mocs were already facing a postseason ban in football for the 2009-10 season because of consistently poor scores and graduation rates.