Report: Two Vols suspected of rape

Tennessee football is in the news this week but not for what the Volunteers are doing on the field.

Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams are suspected of rape from an incident that took place at The Woodlands of Knoxville apartment complex at 3805 Cherokee Woods Way on Sunday between 1:45-2:30 a.m., according to a report obtained by InsideTennessee from the Knoxville Police Department.

A second victim said she was sexually assaulted by Williams.

Both victims are 19 years old.

The victim accusing Johnson, 22, and Williams, 21, of rape received medical treatment at University of Tennessee Medical Center. The victim accusing Williams of sexual assault needed no medical treatment.

The investigation is ongoing. No drugs involved, no gang activity suspected and no weapons were involved.

Tennessee announced Monday afternoon that both Johnson and Williams were suspended from all team-related activity, including games, meetings, practices, weight-lifting and such.

The Woodlands complex is about 9 miles from Tennessee’s campus. The reported incident took place approximately 6 hours after the Volunteers defeated Kentucky 50-16 at Neyland Stadium.

Johnson is the Southeastern Conference’s leading tackler (101 total, 58 solo) and has nine tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, five quarterback hurries, two sacks and two pass breakups. His production has him as a Butkus Award semifinalist and a Lott IMPACT quarterfinalist. The senior has played in all 46 games (44 starts) he’s suited up for Tennessee, and he’s the school’s second-leading all-time tackler (425) behind Andy Spiva (547).

Williams is a 5-foot-11, 177-pound redshirt sophomore that hadn’t played in a game for Tennessee until making his debut against Utah State on Aug. 31. The Laurel, Maryland, native has shared starting duties at cornerback in the Vols’ 4-2-5 defensive set with freshman Emmanuel Moseley. In 10 games (five starts), Williams has 23 tackles (18 solo).

Tennessee plays Missouri in its final home game of 2014 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday night at 7:30 Eastern.

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