McDaniel was arrested and charged in January, shortly after he allegedly punched a fellow student during a pickup basketball game at a campus recreation center. The injured party, Edward Goodrich, reportedly had his face broken in four places by the punch. He says he also had a metal plate inserted into his head.
McDaniel was suspended immediately after the incident and did not take part in Tennessee's spring practice. Moreover, he was not listed on UT's post-spring depth chart.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive tackle made his first career start in the Vols' 38-7 Cotton Bowl blowout of Texas A&M. A rising junior, he is projected to be a key reserve at defensive tackle if he is reinstated in time for the 2005 season.