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Deion Bonner one of three Vols freshmen no longer on team

Deion Bonner,  Avery Sweeting AP

Suspended indefinitely by former head coach Derek Dooley, Deion Bonner apparently won’t get the opportunity to make amends under new head coach Butch Jones either.

Tennessee confirmed to the Knoxville News Sentinel Tuesday that the defensive back, along with fellow freshmen defensive linemen Trent Taylor (no relation) and Omari Phillips, are no longer a part of the football team.  While Bonner is still listed as a UT student, the other two are no longer registered.

Bonner was the lone suspect in the on-campus theft of a student’s cellphone in early November, but was never arrested as the alleged victim in the case did not wish to pursue charges and none were ever filed.  In April of 2011, during a recruiting visit to Georgia, Bonner and two other individuals were accused of stealing several items, including iPhones and iPods, from the lockers of several UGA players during what was described as an open-house event on the campus.

Bonner was charged in the incident, but ultimately pleaded guilty to lesser charges and entered a pre-trial diversion program.

Prior to his suspension in mid-November, Bonner, a four-star member of UT’s 2012 recruiting class, had played in nine games.

Phillips was a four-star player in the 2012 recruiting cycle and had originally signed with Florida, but failed to qualify.  He enrolled at UT over the summer and played in one game this season.  Taylor was a three-star member of this year’s class.

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4 Responses to “Deion Bonner one of three Vols freshmen no longer on team”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 9, 2013 8:10 AM

    Seems like Dooley wasn’t much of a coach when it came to character evaluation either. Considering the Coach Richt is a very forgiving guy, most of the time, and is big on second chances, even for recruits not yet officially at the school, Dooley should have been able to see the big, big red flag. Dooley, more and more now appears to have been one desperate coach, and look where his desperation got him and the university.

  2. bigdinla says: Jan 9, 2013 10:07 AM

    No UGA fan should ever comment on these types of situations. Richt has had more suspensions and player issues than anyone in e SEC.

  3. woebegong says: Jan 9, 2013 10:16 AM

    But CMR gives them a second chance, and there is the difference unless it is a truly bad situation.. If the other SEC schools had a strict policy concerning smoking dope and other transgressions over looked by those schools, UGA wouldn’t stick out so much. The point I am making, is, if CMR gives up on them, another coach probably shouldn’t try to reform them. This kid was a case in point.

  4. kozbee says: Jan 9, 2013 11:17 AM

    Thieves on rockytop.

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