Tennessee Stat Book
A day after expressing displeasure with a lack of carries in Tennessee's 41-17 loss to Alabama, Tennessee tailback Montario Hardesty did not show up for the team's practice Sunday night.
UT coach Phillip Fulmer said he did not know why the sophomore tailback missed UT's hour-long practice inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.
"You know, I'm not sure what's going on with Montario," Fulmer said following practice. "His roommate doesn't know where he is. We'll find out and deal with it."
A phone message left Sunday night with Hardesty's brother was not immediately returned.
Hardesty is UT's second-leading rusher this season with 184 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries, despite missing two games with an ankle injury.
Hardesty rushed for 146 of those yards against Mississippi State and Georgia, UT's two games before Alabama.
But after Hardesty did not play Saturday despite being healthy, he expressed his displeasure to Volquest.com immediately following the game.
"(Expletive) you tell me," Hardesty told the website when asked why he did not have a carry against the Crimson Tide.
Tennessee rushed only 19 times against Alabama. When asked why Hardesty did not play, Fulmer said Saturday that LaMarcus Coker and Arian Foster were better fits for the three-wide receiver sets UT ran because of its ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He echoed those comments again Sunday night.
UT running backs coach Kurt Roper said Saturday he "didn't do a good job of getting (Hardesty) in there."
Fulmer said Sunday that Hardesty's lack of carries against Alabama was not for disciplinary reasons.
Fulmer said he spoke with Hardesty briefly after Saturday's game, but did not share details of that conversation.
"He wasn't very happy," Fulmer said. "But this isn't the right way to make that presentation.
"It's disappointing, yeah. He should be here with his teammates."
Wide receiver Kenny O'Neal also missed practice Sunday, however Fulmer said the junior college transfer had "academic business he was taking care of."