KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee freshman charged with
drunken driving on campus was dismissed from the football team
Wednesday, and another player arrested Sunday was suspended, coach
Phillip Fulmer announced.
Lee Smith, a tight end, was arrested early Wednesday morning
after a campus police officer saw him driving on the sidewalk.
Smith had been attending summer school before beginning his first
year on the team. Smith's father, Daryle Smith, was an offensive
lineman at Tennessee and played in the NFL.
"I have made the decision that he be dismissed from the
football team. I have great respect for the Smith family and for
Daryle as a former Volunteer. It is my sincere hope that this will
be an opportunity for Lee to mature and get his life in order,"
The Volunteers, coming off a disastrous 5-6 season, begin
Redshirt freshman Marsalous Johnson was arrested Sunday in
Putnam County after an off-duty sheriff's deputy reported that
Johnson waved what appeared to be a gun at him while driving along
Interstate 40. A toy gun was found in the car and Johnson was
charged with aggravated assault.
"Marsalous and Lee have embarrassed this great university and
not presented themselves in a manner that appropriately represents
our program. I have demanded accountability from our players and
the team, and these two players have not followed instructions,"
Fulmer said in a statement.
Johnson will miss the first four games of the season. Fulmer is
requiring him to move back into a dormitory on campus, leave his
car at his home and complete 50 hours of community service. Johnson
will be considered a member of the scout team.
"Any reinstatement of Marsalous depends on his attitude and
demonstration of accountability," Fulmer said.