Tennessee has started its offseason on the wrong foot.
And it did it with the first step.
Just hours after the Vols wrapped up spring practice with the Orange and White Game on Saturday, one of the stars of the exhibition was picked up for misdemeanor charges for an incident on Sunday morning.
According to a release from the UT athletic department, the charges involve sophomore Darren Myles Jr., a safety who was among the best performers throughout new coach Derek Dooley’s first 15 practices.
The Knoxville Police Department did not respond to requests for comment from the News Sentinel.
“I am disappointed in Darren’s behavior,” Dooley said in the release. “We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine a proper course of action.
“We will continue to implement our structures to educate, discipline and support our student-athletes so that they represent the University of Tennessee with class and integrity.”
Dooley had a more positive take on Myles after the defensive back helped lead the White to a 16-7 win on Saturday afternoon, coming up with an athletic interception just before halftime that provided a reminder of how productive he’s been all spring.
The sophomore is expected to play a critical role for UT at the back of the defense along with Janzen Jackson, and the strong combination could make the secondary one of the strengths for the team.
“Our secondary came a long way this spring,” Myles said Saturday. “We had to adjust to new coaches and different schemes. Through all the adversity we stuck together and we got through it and motivated each other.
“We had a couple busts, but I think we did OK. We still have some work to do though.”
Heading into the offseason, that might now apply off the field as well.