Report: Vol DL Dismissed from Team Following Arrest

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    According to a report, a veteran defensive lineman is no longer on Tennessee’s football team.

    Redshirt senior defensive lineman Emmit Gooden was reportedly arrested Thursday afternoon and faces an aggravated assault charge stemming from an incident within the last 24 hours (as of the writing of this article) according to Brent Hubbs of Volquest.

    A Tennessee spokesman later told Volquest that Gooden had been dismissed from the program by head coach Jeremy Pruitt following the arrest.

    It was later reported by WBIR that, according to court records, Gooden got in an argument with a woman and her boyfriend, and the argument turned violent. The victim claims Gooden smashed a glass jar candle into the left side of her head. She was taken to UT Medical Center, where she received sutures.

    The 6-foot-3, 290-pound lineman originally from Brownsville, TN was projected as a key piece of Tennessee’s defensive line for the upcoming 2020 season. But for the second year in a row, the Vols will now have to make due without Gooden’s services.

    During fall camp last year, Gooden suffered a season-ending knee injury and missed the entire 2019 season, his would-be senior year. He took a medical redshirt and was expected back in a full capacity in 2020.

    After joining the Vols as a JUCO transfer from Independence Community College, Gooden shined in his first year at UT, playing in all 12 games of the 2018 season and making one start. He totaled 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and a sack.

    We will update as more news becomes available.



    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.