Receiver O'Neal, who battled with grades, to transfer



Junior wide receiver Kenny O’Neal will transfer to another school, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer announced Tuesday.

O’Neal, who began his career at Florida State before coming to UT after playing one season at City College of San Francisco, struggled with academics while at Tennessee.

He was declared academically ineligible for the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 and missed all of spring practice in order to focus more on academics.

“We excused Kenny from spring practice for the entire spring to get his academics in order,” Fulmer told the News Sentinel last week when asked about O’Neal’s future with the Vols. “We’ll just to have to see how he comes out through finals. We should know any day now.”

A highly touted member of UT’s 2007 recruiting class, O’Neal finished his UT career with two receptions for 59 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown reception against Louisiana-Lafayette.

If O'Neal was academically ineligible when he left UT, he could cost the Vols a scholarship if UT's football academic progress rating score falls below the NCAA mandated level of 925. However Tennessee has not been subject to scholarship penalties or fallen below the 925 mark in the four years since the NCAA instituted the APR program.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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Colliervol writes:

No big shocker there. Sounded like his PT was going to be limited again this year as well.

Vol13 writes:

Let's see. This guy could play some as a true freshman for FSU. Yet, he can't beat out Austin Rogers, Josh Briscoe, or Lucas Taylor to start here or anyone else for that matter to play a significant back-up role. Go figure.

BOASoldier writes:


WorkinLikeHeck writes:


99gator writes:


have you seen fsu's receivers. all they can do is go for jump balls.

andy112382#209793 writes:

If they can't handle the competition, then it is best for all involved to transfer. They did say, after all, they wanted to go 5 deep at WR and we have a pretty solid group of guys at that position. Taylor, Jones, Paige, Hancock, Moore, Briscoe and so on.....

BOASoldier writes:

man alive. we could have used someone to take it to the house against Wyoming. Has this kid ever heard of sticking to your commitments? Then again if you can't play at a given level it is better to go where you can

BADGES0413 writes:

Seems like the day of the good JUCO player is gone, no more Anthony Miller's or Dale Carter's.

MidTennVol writes:

Trooper's infamous Spotted Ape leaves us, myth intact.

turner_c writes:

Didn't participate in a single Spring practice or scrimmage. For whatever reason, didn't expend the effort, on the field or in the classroom. Nobody gives you anything, you have to earn it. JMO

invisiblekid writes:

Where was he, about 8th on the depth chart? Can't say I blame him and wish him the best of luck. Hopefully, the legend of the spotted ape will continue to flourish. The only shock to me was that he actually played in 12 games last season.

Laydbakvol writes:

Was KO'N really the Spotted Ape?

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

Who is going to "tear up" 7 on 7 drills and run all those reverses that everyone in the stadium knows is coming? That was part of our "trick" play arsenal. Big loss IMO.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

If we hadn't had plays, Kenny would have All-SEC.

Several times we heard of "trouble grasping the offense". Probably like me my 1st day in plain geometry or was it plane?

bigbluevol writes:


Brama writes:

Send him to USC, can't help someone who does not help themselves!

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

I'm on today TDTN.

auttat writes:

BADGES, Gibril Wilson, Jesse Mahelona? Like all recruits, some work out, some don't.

99gator writes:

is that THE touchdown tennessee.

did the KNS put you on a work release program or something?

rckymtngator writes:

Its sad when a kid that struggled academically at FSU, could not make it at UT. To make a "B" at UT all you have to do is count the number of fingers and toes you have. To make an "A", you have to remember the last time UT won a SEC Championship in anything other than ladies basketball. Actually remembering that fact will get you a PHD.

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

rckmtngator, we won the SEC in basketball this year, so unless you are insinuating that he can't count to 1 since it's been less than a year than your choice of analogy/potshot was pretty bad.

writer#358485 writes:

UT is a good school academically, but it isn't one of the top 10 or 20 in academics. If he couldn't make minimum passing grades on the Hill, he's probably going to have trouble making it at any four-year college. Maybe he should try for a trade school. Football is important to we fans, but getting an education for life is the most important thing about college for these kids. Good luck to him.

BADGES0413 writes:


I bet he can dodge a bullet better than Matt Patchan.

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

They are both good schools but let's be honest, there isn't a whole hell of a lot of difference between an unndergraduate degree from Florida, Tennessee or any other state funded SEC school.

auttat writes:

eVOLution must have been dropped on his head when he was a baby.

99gator writes:


i only wrote that because peoplekept writing "free tdtn".

i assumed you were in KNS jail.

BADGES0413 writes:

If O'Neal couldn't learn Cutcliffe's 2 plays, he has no hope of success at another D-1 school.

invisiblekid writes:

Wow, word of O'Neal's transfer has traveled faster than a spotted ape.


I find it comical that every SEC school likes to make fun of the others "because their students are so dumb." Workin's right; there's not a huge difference between most of the SEC public schools (let's face it, Vandy simply doesn't belong).

I've got my BSBA from UT and my MBA from UF. And the only difference I noticed was that every girl at UF wore jorts (jean shorts) and had flabby arms. Other than that, the schools are pretty similar.

hoskinsfive#468391 writes:

If you can't make passing grades on the hill, then you have other problems than football.

thesavageorange writes:

eVOLution , Word is he didn't even know where to line up.

Rogers 4.41
Briscoe 4.4
Taylor 4.61 , and lead the league in receiving yds.You can say it was the (TJ's) "chuck and duck", but if the DB doesn't respect your speed then that's not open either.They will just jam you at the line.I can run my car a hundred miles an hour, but that doesn't mean I can do it in a traffic jam.JMHO.

auttat writes:

HAHA! eVOLution, you say it like it's a bad thing.

My favorite play of Kenny O'Neal's "illustrious" career was the forward handoff he fumbled. No idea that was considered a forward pass, so I learned something new. For that, I am appreciative. My only question, was it by design, or was his intelligence clearly proven?

auttat writes:

ILOVEKOOLAID, are you a member of ClayNation?

Colliervol writes:

eVOLution, you may remember a certain Leonard Scott who could run like a 3.6 in the 40. (I exaggerate but you know what I mean. He was dang fast.) He just couldn't grab his rear with either hand. Doesn't matter how fast you are if you can't catch, learn the plays or block.

thesavageorange writes:

Well there goes Clawson's opening play TD at UCLA.I heard he was planning on running the spotted ape reverse pass where O'Neal pulls up and tosses one deep to Jones.Guarantee he would be open.Anytime O'Neal was on the field 11 guys were running to the opposite side of the field to stop the reverse.

GhostofNeyland writes:

Oh well, looks like Fulmer will have to use his new method to recruit another star player.


BADGES0413 writes:

Leonoard Scott, fastest man in America. I think he ran a kickoff back 100 yards his freshman year against Georgia and Averaged 10 yards a return after that. Could not catch Ugly from Aunt Esther. Google hands of stone and Leonard's picture appears.


Auttat, EVGID. (Ex Vol Gettin' It Done)

auttat writes:

That guy is hilarious and he rep's UT very well.

If you haven't heard of him, Clay Travis, he writes for

invisiblekid writes:

Biggest question now is who runs the Eric Locke/Leonard Scott package?

volboy81#211803 writes:

eVOLution, you should be head coach since you seem to know it all!

GoVol writes:

TDTN - you must off your meds since TouchDown is now active again. Touchdown TN when off meds, and General Fritter with your meds. Welcome back. For what it's worth, I prefer Touchdown over GF anyway.

Go Vols!

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

He's coming out with a book on UT football. Apparently he is going to be following the team and others associated with UT football from week to week leading up to the game. For instance one week he'll be with Dave Clawson and then another week he'll be with that little geek Kenny Chesney. No lie.

agentorange writes:

ugly from aunt esther? nice sanford and son reference.

gohawks1 writes:

Oh no! Not the spotted ape!

Ironcity writes:

He needs to go somewhere he can play and graduate from. Believe me this kid was encouraged to leave.

DadwasaVol writes:

Now need to recruit defensive tackles and spotted apes, both.

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

How many 5 star busts have we had since 2002?


Banks - 1 decent year at WR then BUST

Mondre Dickerson - I don't even remember this dude, BUST???

Brandon Jeffries - BUST

JT Mapu - 1 good year - hate to say it, BUST

Gerald Riggs - 1 and a half good years - Semi-Bust, injuries hurt him his Sr year, took too long to get it together


Meachem - 1 good year


Mahelona - JUCO, 1 good year, pretty solid though

Toenia - JUCO, better than people will give him credit for, 2 decent years


Morley - who? Still has time to rewrite history, however needs to have a good year this year and next to live up to his 5 star billing IMO. He's really done nothing up to this point. BUST (so far).


Fisher - injuries have plagued him, gives us snaps at DT (BUST due to injuries)


Berry - has already lived up to 5 star billing and will continue to do so

Donald - still has time

Martin - still has time

Oneal - Bust

Vinson - started last year, should be able to live up to potential

Colliervol writes:

Travis' book about his journey around the SEC to every stadium in one season is hilarious. Pretty well nails every fan base to the wall:

Alabama- Every guy there has "Bama bangs" for a haircut and they all look alike.

Georgia- Second best looking coeds but all sorts of nerd guys in red pants.

Ole Miss- Best looking coeds and the Grove is a happening but very little else.

LSU- Drunks everywhere. And that's just talking about the women.

Miss. State- Ugliest girls in the SEC

Florida- The "new money" of the SEC. Still not sure how to act after finding success. Surprisingly, the girls were only rated 6th.

I could go on but you get the drift. If you haven't read it, get it.

utwick writes:

If the kid can't cut it, then you have to cut him loose. If he made it this far, he shouldn't need to be spoon-fed (academics). Free up a scholarship for someone else.

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