Report: Fight at Practice Leads to Stitches for One Vol Player

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    Rumors are flying around Tennessee’s football program right now. And at least one of those has proven to be true reportedly.

    According to long-time Knoxville reporter Jimmy Hyams, the rumors that two Vol players got into a fight during practice on Thursday are reportedly true. And the fight was so bad that one of the players had to have stitches afterwards.

    Allegedly the fight was between redshirt sophomore defensive end Darrell Taylor and freshman offensive lineman Trey Smith. According to Hyams, the two got into a fight, Smith’s helmet came off, and Taylor kicked and hit Smith in the face as Smith was on the ground.

    Hyams would go on to report that Taylor later apologized to Smith for the incident. He also reported that Tennessee doesn’t plan to appeal Taylor’s suspension for the first half of the South Carolina game. Taylor was ejected in the second half of the Vols’ 41-0 loss to Georgia last weekend for fighting during the game, and it was announced earlier this week that he will sit out the first half of Tennessee’s game against South Carolina following the bye week.

    There has been no update on Trey Smith’s status and whether or not the altercation will cause him to miss any time this season. Smith has made five starts this season on Tennessee’s offensive line.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.