Previous Teammates React to Passing of Former Tennessee DB LaDarrell McNeil

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    The community of Knoxville has joined together with fans, former Tennessee staff, and former Tennessee players all over the country to mourn the loss of former Tennessee defensive back LaDarrell McNeil.

    “We are mourning the loss of VFL LaDarrell McNeil,” the Tennessee Football account posted to Twitter on Friday morning. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and his teammates. LaDarrell will be dearly missed.”

    LaDarrell McNeil Tennessee

    McNeil signed to Tennessee as a four-star defensive back prospect in the 2012 class. He played high school ball at Wilmer-Hutchins high school in Dallas, TX.

    The defensive back had the starting nod 41 times over four years at Tennessee. During that span, McNeil accounted for 219 total tackles, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

    His final season for the Big Orange was in 2015.

    Former Tennessee staff and teammates of McNeil have commented on his passing through social media.

    Tennessee Football:

    Willie Martinez, Tennessee defensive backs coach 2012-2017, 2021-current:

    Brian Randolph Jr., Tennessee DB 2011-2014:

    Todd Kelly Jr., Tennessee DB 2014-2018:

    Kahlil McKenzie Jr., Tennessee DL 2015-2017:

    Jason Croom, Tennessee WR/TE 2012-2016:

    Aaron Medley, Tennessee PK 2014-2017:

    Danny O’Brien, Tennessee DL 2012-2015:

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.