McDaniel allegedly hit student in face in hoops game

Updated: May 18, 2005, 10:34 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press