Tennessee defensive tackle Tony McDaniel has been indefinitely suspended from the UT football team for a violation of team rules, Vols coach Phillip Fulmer said in a news release Tuesday.
The nature of McDaniel’s rules violation was not made public by the university.
“Unfortunately, Tony made a poor decision,” Fulmer said. “He will be suspended from the team indefinitely. We want our student-athletes to be responsible members of our community. They need to know that they will be held accountable for their actions and these types of issues will not be tolerated.”
The 6-foot-7, 300-pound sophomore from Columbia, S.C., played in every game during the 2004 season, including the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, and finished with 13 total tackles. He had one sack against his hometown Gamecocks in the Vols’ 43-29 win on Oct. 30.
McDaniel was one of four defensive tackles used in Tennessee’s rotation for much of the 2004 season. He was slated to start last year at defensive tackle alongside Justin Harrell until junior-college transfer Jesse Mahelona arrived on campus.