UT head coach Phillip Fulmer says he will wait until he has all of the facts before announcing what disciplinary action will be imposed. A multiple-game suspension appears likely but dismissal is also an option.
Marsalous Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound cornerback, was riding along Interstate 40 when he allegedly pointed the toy gun at a passing motorist. According to The Tennessean, the motorist happened to be Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Mike Hoover, who also serves as a deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.
Vol teammate Rico McCoy reportedly was in the car with Johnson when the incident occurred but was not charged with any wrong-doing.
This is the third off-field incident involving a UT football player in recent months. Senior linebacker Marvin Mitchell was suspended after his arrest on a disorderly conduct charge at a campus convenience store. Shortly thereafter, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Raymond Henderson was dismissed from the team for what Fulmer termed "inappropriate" remarks to a young girl and her mother.