Vols suffer '12 casualty

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Freshman tailback Davanté Bourque is no longer a Tennessee Volunteer following a transfer to Pearl River Community College late Friday evening.

Bourque, who suffered a "whiplash neck injury" just a couple of days into fall training camp, left the team prior to their trip to Milligan College and never returned to the field in the Orange & White.

A three-star prospect and the No. 29 running back in the 2012 recruiting class according to FOX Sports NEXT, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was dealing with personal issues when he departed from Knoxville, Tenn., for his hometown of Crowley, La.

"He had a lot of personal issues he is dealing with it," Derek Dooley told InsideTennessee.com. "He is not a part of our team and we hope he can resolve his issues, but our focus is really on our team."

As a senior at Crowley (La.) High School, Bourque rushed for 1,342 yards and 17 touchdowns on 179 carries. He added 12 receptions for 289 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

As a result of Bourque's departure, look for the Vol coaching staff to be more aggressive recruiting tailbacks in the 2013 class that now easily has room for two running backs.

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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