Fulmer on McDaniel

Shortly after a Knox County grand jury indicted Tennessee football player Tony McDaniel on an aggravated assault charge, Vol head coach Phillip Fulmer released a statement through the UT sports information department.

''Tony remains suspended, and we will watch closely as the legal process runs its course. We will be fair to Tony, the university and our team.''

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.

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