Coker's back with Vols

Tennessee tailback LaMarcus Coker's suspension is no longer indefinite. He will return to practice Saturday. He must sit out the opener at Cal but should be available for duty in the home opener vs. Southern Miss on Sept. 8.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer announced Coker's reinstatement earlier today.

"LaMarcus has fulfilled his obligations to this point and will rejoin the team at practice Saturday at the recommendation of his medical advisors," Fulmer said. "He will practice but not travel or play versus Cal, but I do expect him to return against Southern Miss if he continues on a positive track."

Coker, a 5-11, 195-pound sophomore from Antioch, has been a big-play threat on the field and a problem child off the field ever since he joined the Vols two years ago. According to published reports, his most recent trespass was a third failed substance test.

After redshirting in 2005 due to injury, Coker led Tennessee in rushing yards (696) and yards per carry (6.4) as a redshirt freshman last fall. He had an 89-yard burst in Game 4 vs. Marshall - third-longest run in UT history - and recorded an 87-yard jaunt in Game 11 vs. Vanderbilt.

Coker's return gives Tennessee three veteran running backs. Junior Arian Foster and sophomore Montario Hardesty have been splitting reps with the first-team this preseason. Freshman Lennon Creer has had a very productive camp and appeared to be the No. 3 option at running back.

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