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Vols’ defensive line depth takes another hit

Rae Sykes

When Tennessee released their post-spring two-deep, Rae Sykes was noticeably absent from the depth chart.

Now, the defensive lineman will be absent from the football program for the time being as well.

UT officials confirmed to Andrew Gribble of the Knoxville News Sentinel that Sykes (pictured, No. 98) is not a member of the Volunteers at this time.  Academics is the reason being given for Sykes’ absence from the program.

Sykes spent two seasons at the JUCO level before transferring to the Knoxville school in 2009.  He had originally signed with the Vols in 2007 but failed to qualify academically.

The senior played in eight games last season.

With Sykes’ temporary departure, it means the Vols are down two defensive lineman since the end of spring practice.  Less than two weeks ago, UT confirmed that defensive tackle Montori Hughes was no longer a member of the program.  It was subsequently reported that Hughes was an academic casualty as well.

As noted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Sykes’ absence would leave the Vols with just eight seniors on their roster for the 2011 season, with more than 70 percent of the roster consisting of freshmen and sophomores.

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4 Responses to “Vols’ defensive line depth takes another hit”
  1. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 21, 2011 12:24 PM

    Hard to Imagine an SEC school outside of Vanderbilt having academic issues with players. maybe thats why they over sign recruiting classes every year. They know the average IQ of a football player from the southeast…. is low. At least Coach Dooley isn’t afraid to pull the trigger. Hughes was a good player, he probably just forgot to go to class. poor guy.

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 21, 2011 12:30 PM

    Lets keep trashing Ohio State. All they did was have a few kids break some dumb rules and the coach turned a cheek. A Coach by the way who had a very high graduation rate and helped players and people in his community beyond football. He makes one mistake and he’s hung for it. The SEC is a league of scandal, but they are the media’s darling…. so we wont bring up their issues. They generate money and ratings in a region where there isn’t much money….. for education.

  3. azzkckruga says: Jun 21, 2011 11:57 PM

    Are you kidding? The SEC is sick and tired of the BS from the little 10 about how they never cheat or do wrong. Ohio State was out of control. Period. Kids break dumb rules — that is a good one. Tressell was a liar and cheater. So for all their good two shoes BS – they are going to get the ridicule to the end. Deservingly so.

  4. azzkckruga says: Jun 21, 2011 11:59 PM

    Oh by the way – what was Clarett’s IQ? Big Ten – irrelevant. Ohio State cheated and could not win the title. If the SEC schools cheat – at least they won the title. Ohio State could not even get that right.

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