Derek Dooley was expecting some summer attrition.
The Tennessee coach likely was equipped well enough to handle the latest departure from the program either way.
According to a Vols spokesperson, former Franklin High School standout Todd Campbell has parted ways with the team and been removed from the media guide for this season — joining a relatively small list of defectors since Dooley took over in January. But the loss of the once highly-recruited wide receiver likely won't be much of a factor given his small role over the last couple years and the influx of talent at the position heading into the fall.
Dooley declined to comment on the decision Monday, though he has previously acknowledged the threat attrition could be for a roster already low on scholarship players.
"We're going to be limping into next season probably around 75 scholarships, but that's what we are right now," Dooley said last month. "So we're going to do the best with what we've got, and we'll build the roster in the next two years."
For the most part the Vols have seemingly avoided any setbacks that might alter the time frame, so far keeping the losses to a minimum.
Offensive lineman William Brimfield left UT before spring practice started, and three more players followed once it opened. Starting left tackle Aaron Douglas and quarterback Nick Stephens both transferred, and running back Bryce Brown has been expected to do the same for months.
But based purely on departures, the transition between coaching staffs appears to be going more smoothly than at this time a year ago when 11 players had been either dismissed, transferred or withdrew from the program.
"What's bad is that you can't fix it in one year because you're limited to how many you can sign with 25," Dooley said. "You're going to lose (players) — and if you're 10 under and you lose 20 seniors or 18 seniors, you're still not (there). You would need to sign 28 to get back to normal, so it's going to take us two years."
Even with one more player leaving, for the moment there still doesn't appear to have been enough damage to alter that number.