'Big Toe' gets the boot

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer announced Monday that senior offensive tackle Albert Toeaina has been suspended for the Kentucky game for inappropriate conduct that took place following UT's loss to Vanderbilt.

"It was, on Albert's part, a lack of control of his anger, disappointment and frustration," Fulmer said. "I think it's been dealt with appropriately. I looked at all the tape I could possibly find.

"We had one other young man who out of frustration, disappointment and anger threw his helmet. He has apologized to the team, we've dealt with it accordingly and we will handle it from there."

Toeaina ends his UT career with 20 games played, 17 of them starts exclusively at the right tackle position. The Antioch, Calif., native started 17 of his last 18 games played and was the only player to see action on every offensive snap in Tennessee's 30-27 overtime win at LSU.

"I apologize to all concerned for my conduct after the Vanderbilt game," Toeaina said in a prepared statement. "It was done out of anger and frustration. It is not reflective of what I have been taught by my family or my coach.

"I would like to thank Coach Fulmer for the opportunity to be part of the Tennessee Volunteers."

UT closes its season Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. Eastern time kickoff in Lexington, Ky. The Vols practiced Monday inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center for 90 minutes.

"We're getting ready to play Kentucky," Fulmer said. "They are a good football team with a tailback that is a real challenge and a defensive scheme that's a real challenge, so we need to work on that."


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