Tennessee defensive lineman Omarr Norman-Lott has been suspended for the first half of this weekend’s Tennessee vs. UTSA game, the SEC announced Monday.
The reason for Norman-Lott’s suspension is because of ‘unsportsmanlike actions in the aftermath of the Florida-Tennessee football game,’ per the SEC.
In addition to Norman-Lott’s suspension, three Florida players have been suspended by the SEC for the same reason and length of time: OL Damieon George Jr., OL Micah Mazzaccua, and TE Dante Zanders.
“The suspensions were determined after video review and consultation between the Southeastern Conference office, the University of Florida, and the University of Tennessee,” the SEC said in a press release.
In the final seconds of Florida’s 29-16 win over the Vols last Saturday in Gainesville, a fight broke out between the two teams after Omari Thomas bumped Graham Mertz.
Multiple players on each side were involved in the altercation, but Norman-Lott was the only Tennessee player do land a punch in the scrum.
Footage of the scuffle can be seen below.
Fight breaks out at end of Tennessee-Florida game. Vols DT Omarr Norman-Lott comes out of nowhere and throws a punch.
Stupid way to end this game, all of the last 30 seconds pic.twitter.com/C8SZSB9SJ1
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) September 17, 2023
Tennessee will lean on experienced interior defensive linemen Bryson Eason and Kurrott Garland along with freshman Daevin Hobbs in addition to Omari Thomas in Norman-Lott’s first-half absence.
The Vols will look to get back on track after the Florida loss when they host the Roadrunners this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET in Neyland Stadium.