Signee Garrett can't enroll

Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer had good news and bad news following Friday's opening preseason practice. The good news was that four dedicated walk-ons will be on scholarship for the 2006 season.

The bad news? One of the scholarships became available because junior college signee Justin Garrett, a defensive back from Pasadena City College, will not be enrolling this fall.

"Justin Garrett did not pass a course that he needed to pass, and therefore he will not be with us," Fulmer said. "He will not report."

The head coach said two more signees, defensive end Gerald Williams and receiver Stephaun Raines, are still awaiting approval to enroll from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

On a positive note, Fulmer was clearly pleased to award scholarships to Matt McGlothlin, David Yancey, Michael Frogg and Ben Greene.

McGlothlin is a 6-0, 300-pound senior defensive tackle. He is ticketed to start opposite all-star candidate Justin Harrell if Turk McBride moves from tackle to end, as is expected to happen.

Yancey is a 5-8, 200-pound senior running back who rushed 13 times for 42 yards last fall, caught two passes for 14 yards and returned two kickoffs for 40 yards.

Frogg is a 6-4, 300-pound junior who finished spring practice listed No. 1 on the depth chart at center. He also can play guard.

Greene is a 6-0, 200-pound junior safety who ranked second on the team last fall with five special-teams tackles.

Fulmer said it was "very much a positive" to reward four players who "have been great Volunteers for us."

The head man said a couple more walk-ons could receive aid, depending on what happens with Williams and Raines regarding the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Fulmer conceded that these Clearinghouse matters are "frustrating, in that it seems like it takes so long."


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