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McDaniel allegedly hit student in face in hoops game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee defensive tackle Tony McDaniel
was indicted on a felony charge of aggravated assault for allegedly
hitting a student in the face during a pickup basketball game on
campus in January.

A Knox County grand jury handed down the indictment Tuesday,
according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press on
Wednesday. McDaniel could face up to six years in prison if
convicted, prosecutors said. No trial date has been set.

McDaniel, who will be a junior this fall, was suspended from the
team after the assault. He made his first career start for
Tennessee in the Volunteers' 38-7 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton
Bowl.

"Tony remains suspended, and we will watch closely as the legal
process runs its course," coach Phillip Fulmer said in a statement
Wednesday. "We will be fair to Tony, the university and our
team."

McDaniel couldn't be reached for comment.

McDaniel is one of 11 Tennessee players who have been either
arrested or cited for crimes ranging from aggravated assault to
underage drinking since February 2004. Five are still at the
school, while the other six left because they either graduated,
transferred or were kicked off the team.

The 6-foot-7, 295-pound McDaniel is accused of hitting Edward
Goodrich, a 26-year-old student. Goodrich testified during a
hearing in April that his face was broken in four places and
doctors had to insert a metal plate to treat his injuries.