Seventeen players on the Tennessee roster will be preparing to face their home state school with the Volunteers traveling to face College Football News-rated No. 9 Georgia on Saturday.
Treyvon Paulk would have made 18.
The freshman running back from Milton (Ga.) High School was dismissed from the Tennessee roster, announced by second-year head coach Butch Jones at his Monday press conference.
“Today, we have dismissed Treyvon Paulk from our football program based on a personal conduct issue,” Jones said. “As you all are aware, we hold our players to a very high standard and expectation with being a member of our football family. So, moving forward, that’s what will occur. I will not answer anymore questions regarding this situation.”
According to the Knox County Sheriff, Paulk and ex-girlfriend Chelsea Reese were in an argument Saturday when Pauk became "very agitated and struck her in the mouth with his fist." Reese reportedly had cuts to her lips but refused medical treatment. Paulk has not been charged since Reese refused to prosecute or take out an order of protection.
“Every circumstance is different,” Jones said. “I’m a father figure and unfortunately some incidents are out of my control and some incidents you try to teach. We do a tremendous job in the overall growth and development of every individual in our football program with our Vol For Life program, our personal development and growth program. We spend an inordinate amount of time as you all are very aware with using outside speakers, using real-life illustrations and constantly having dialogue and talking about it.
“We always talk about the one-second rule and it’s split-second decisions but you try to educate them and move on just like they’re your own kids.”
The 5-foot-8, 200-pound Paulk ranked in as the Scout network's No. 50 runner in the 2014 signing class. In his senior season, Paulk tore a ligament in his knee after just four games played. As a junior, he ran for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Jones said Paulk was going to redshirt this fall, so his exit affects the roster for 2015-2018. In spite of having commitments from 2015 targets Alvin Kamara of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and Rocky Reid of Concord (N.C.) High School, the Orange & White may have no choice but to add a third back.
Lane and Devrin Young graduate after Team 118’s season concludes. Signings from previous classes resulted in nearly zero results. Davante Bourque and Jabo Lee never saw a snap in orange. Alden Hill’s two years on campus included a redshirt and 10 carries for 58 yards. Quenshaun Watson left the program following the 2012 season with 23 rushes for 66 yards and one touchdown.
Hurd suffered shoulder injuries in successive seasons at Beech (Tenn.) High School but has proven durable thus far in Knoxville. Freshman Derrell Scott suffered a broken bone last December and has been injured much of August and September. Jones said Monday that Scott is “not quite game ready” and may not travel to Athens.
Justus Pickett, a redshirt junior and transfer from Maryland, has played three games this season for Tennessee with five carries for 12 yards.
Butch Jones press conference, per university
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