Darren Myles got the fresh start he wanted on the field.
Now the Tennessee safety may need something similar off it.
According to an incident report obtained by the News Sentinel on Monday, the rapidly developing sophomore and presumed starter for the Vols this fall was charged early Sunday morning with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after being removed by bouncers from a club on Kingston Pike.
Just a few hours earlier Myles had been a factor in a 16-7 victory for the White team in the Orange and White Game to close out a productive spring, wrapping it up with a diving interception to validate the clean slate he was given by the new UT coaching staff. Now he may be looking for another, though no punishment for an incident that included riding on the hood of a vehicle and fighting with officers has been announced yet.
"I am disappointed in Darren's behavior," Vols coach Derek Dooley said in a release Sunday night. "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."
It's the first such issue for Myles, who was generally praised for his attitude and work ethic throughout the spring. And it's also the first at UT for Dooley, who has stressed discipline and character development since taking the job in January.
Dooley had three players leave the program for various reasons since the start of spring practice, though none appear to have been for disciplinary issues. So his response and possible punishment for Myles will no doubt be closely monitored.
And for Myles, his status as effectively a first-time offender at UT and the fact that all charges are misdemeanors could work in his favor.
"I've got a clean slate," Myles said last month. "Coaches come in that don't know me, that's how I look at it. It's like a new coach so it's a new chance to prove myself. I'm not trying to be put into a different category.
"I just kind of felt like I did get messed over a little bit (by the old staff). But I kind of felt like it was my part, too. I mean, last year is over with. It was different coaches, and I'm here now and it's a new me."