Tennessee is awaiting a thumbs-up from the NCAA Clearinghouse before reinstating freshman receiver Justin Hunter to practice.
Hunter, one of the top-rated signees in UT’s freshman class, was absent for a second day of practice Friday.
A thumbs-down is considered extremely unlikely, but until the Vols get a verdict, the talented freshman will be on the shelf.
At issue is an online class Hunter took during the summer of 2009, coach Derek Dooley said.
The 6-foot-4 Hunter, from Virginia Beach, Va., has been impressive since joining the squad for fall camp.
He spent much of his summer competing in track and field, finishing sixth in the long jump at the world junior championships.
UT has turned all of its paperwork over to the Clearinghouse, thus the case is now out of Tennessee’s hands.
Earlier this week Alabama lost freshman linebacker Alfy Hill due to a Clearinghouse issue over two online classes he took at his North Carolina high school. It is not clear to what extent Hunter’s case parallels Hill’s.