Vols down one more

WR Campbell leaves team

UT's Todd Campbell catches a pass in front of Eric Gordon during practice at Haslam Field on March 27.

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

UT's Todd Campbell catches a pass in front of Eric Gordon during practice at Haslam Field on March 27.

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.

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AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Who?

Just kidding.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Those 2 OL will hurt, don't think this guy would have mattered much, anyways, thanks for giving your nothing for Tennessee!

VolWalker writes:

Apparently, "Apparently" is a difficult word to spell.

LiveFaith writes:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

Those 2 OL will hurt, don't think this guy would have mattered much, anyways, thanks for giving your nothing for Tennessee!

Classy

bugman (Inactive) writes:

the boy got paid. good for him. a scholarship.

DRORANGELOVE writes:

Sort of like Navy SEAL/BUD training, The WEAK WALK and The STRONG STAY.

Volstate writes:

The competition at the position scared him. Rather than man up and fight for a spot he tucked his tail and ran like a little girl. Don't let the door hit ya on the way out...

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

it will just make more room for guys that are better than him

WYLOVER writes:

at some point, we just need bodies.

Where are the walk ons?

VolsToTheWall writes:

in response to WYLOVER:

at some point, we just need bodies.

Where are the walk ons?

not important enough to be in the paper. We got walk ons

kdaff51 writes:

Will someone just tell BB to just go.....Im tired of hearing he might!!!!

VOLinCO writes:

in response to VolWalker:

Apparently, "Apparently" is a difficult word to spell.

apparently so...

or should i say "apparantly" so

keepitreal4vols writes:

Someone should do a "where are they now" feature on the 2007 signing class. Its the ultimate definition of hit or miss in recruiting.

oskie_score writes:

I remember when Todd was recruited, he was a player that bled Orange, wanting (according to his interviews) to be a Vol all of his life.

Rivals had rated him (borderline) 3* & Scout 2*, considered by Scouts and Coaches a WR w/ good hands, avg-good route runner but slow-a-foot.

Todd has the heart and size but not the athleticism or speed to compete against the current (or incoming) talent at the WR position. The other option...a crossover to DB but there again lack of athleticism and speed.

Slightly off the subject...
Due to the increased bottleneck of talent at WR it would not surprise me to see 1-3 players transitioned from "O" to "D". Anyways, just my thoughts...

Good Luck Todd!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Volstate:

The competition at the position scared him. Rather than man up and fight for a spot he tucked his tail and ran like a little girl. Don't let the door hit ya on the way out...

I tend to agree with you but just for a moment lets just wonder about the following. If you had a job where you learned that you were never going to get a raise or promotion, what would you do? I'd be looking for something better as soon as I learned my position and I think most everyone else would do the same. Just my thought.

TheOpinion writes:

I would have stayed and got a degree for free. But we all have the ability to make our own decisions. Hope you make the most of the rest of you opportunities. Thanks for being a Vol.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to TheOpinion:

I would have stayed and got a degree for free. But we all have the ability to make our own decisions. Hope you make the most of the rest of you opportunities. Thanks for being a Vol.

Yes that is what he should do. But he just may be able to do that at another school and also play. Being a player helps if one wants to get into coaching. But he should look at his degree first. Your point well taken.

Orangeatang writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

I tend to agree with you but just for a moment lets just wonder about the following. If you had a job where you learned that you were never going to get a raise or promotion, what would you do? I'd be looking for something better as soon as I learned my position and I think most everyone else would do the same. Just my thought.

Boom. Right on the money. Good comment.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Best of luck, young man.

Life is all about choices on a winding road.

bobbarbilly writes:

in response to hughjorgan1:

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And now, neither will anyone else....

BrewerTL writes:

in response to TheOpinion:

I would have stayed and got a degree for free. But we all have the ability to make our own decisions. Hope you make the most of the rest of you opportunities. Thanks for being a Vol.

I think he got his degree already. Communications, I believe.

rpenland21#231616 writes:

I know Todd personally. He didn't quit due to lack of playing time, competition or lack of heart. The guy has an ailing knee and a wrist at about 40% on a good day. He got his degree and is moving on to another school.

But I guess for some thats just not "vol" enough. Good luck Todd.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to SECFB:

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Surprising you didn't list all 25 for us.

Slipping.............

GerryOP writes:

in response to rpenland21#231616:

I know Todd personally. He didn't quit due to lack of playing time, competition or lack of heart. The guy has an ailing knee and a wrist at about 40% on a good day. He got his degree and is moving on to another school.

But I guess for some thats just not "vol" enough. Good luck Todd.

Tell him I wish him well ... once a Vol, always a Vol!!!

dvhill100 writes:

If the player wants to leave, thank him for his time and effort and wish him luck. He has his degree and wants to either play somewhere else or his body can't take the pounding any more. Either way, I don't understand the heartburn some fans have about a young man leaving the team. If frees up a scholarship as I understand it.

Good luck young man in whatever you do.

volsoutwest writes:

in response to listentothemusic:

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You sound a little confused there Musicman. He said the Vols "are" represented meaning this Dooley thing may actually be selling.

It will eventually play very well against SEC comp. Bank on it.

TLepage writes:

the reality is that he was never going to see the field... If there is a position that we actually have depth on offense, it is WR... Campbell was buried at the bottom of the depth chart and more then likely had a bad experience at UT due the multiple coaching changes.... I don't blame him for leaving, it is probably in his best interest.... Best of luck Todd, hope everything works out for you....

CHITOWNVOL writes:

in response to kdaff51:

Will someone just tell BB to just go.....Im tired of hearing he might!!!!

agreed.. all the summer college football mags i bought have him listed as defected along with Scout's inside tennessee preview

CHITOWNVOL writes:

I never played college sports, but it makes we wonder when i read these departure articles. are these kids actually being asked to leave by the coaching staff, and the school lets them save face and publishes a statement whereby the student has decided to leave? kind of like in the business world. Fred, has decided to resign as Marketing VP and pursue opportunities elsewhere... however, we all know he was an incompetent toolbox that got canned.. the theory is worth contemplating at the very least.

CHITOWNVOL writes:

in response to SECFB:

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Chris Low is a pansy. go figure

99gator writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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wow.

if that's how you feel, that's not a good sign.

you usually have an optimistic point of view.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

I tend to agree with you but just for a moment lets just wonder about the following. If you had a job where you learned that you were never going to get a raise or promotion, what would you do? I'd be looking for something better as soon as I learned my position and I think most everyone else would do the same. Just my thought.

Cal is right he was never gonna leave the bench; just not quite enough skills; Frankly I don't know why we recruited him; He'll do well at another level

vol_chaz writes:

He's got his degree, good for him. Have fun at MTSU.

CHITOWNVOL writes:

we're not as deep as some might think at receiver, although this list is pretty sweet IMO.
Denarious Moore SR
Zach Rogers SO
Justin Hunter FR
Matt Milton FR
Geoff Courtney SR
Gerald Jones SR
Marsalis Teague SO
Da'Rick Rogers FR
Ted Medline FR

voloffaith writes:

in response to volsoutwest:

You sound a little confused there Musicman. He said the Vols "are" represented meaning this Dooley thing may actually be selling.

It will eventually play very well against SEC comp. Bank on it.

Volsouthwest listen is a troll and not a VOl fan . His previous post(way too many) are never VOL favorable for the most part. Maybe one or two ,but usually negative bashing type.

On topic,since injured and has degree I can see moving on. Good for him getting the sheepskin and not wasting scholly money he was afforded. Best wishes in your future young man.....

BigBadVol writes:

in response to rpenland21#231616:

I know Todd personally. He didn't quit due to lack of playing time, competition or lack of heart. The guy has an ailing knee and a wrist at about 40% on a good day. He got his degree and is moving on to another school.

But I guess for some thats just not "vol" enough. Good luck Todd.

Thanks for this post. Tell Todd true Vol fans wish him the best. It amazes me that idiots continually post about things to which they have no knowledge.

tmartin writes:

Makes more room for the USC defects that are bailing on CLK

Bigger_Al writes:

I remember Todd as an early commit and enrollee, and I remember KNS articles about him actively recruiting others for the Vol Class. I have hoped to see him emerge from the depth chart, but apparently, it is not to be.

Best to you, Todd Campbell.

orangecountyvols writes:

To wrap up the day's troll scores...........only 3 trolls: ( so far )

SECFB
Listentothemusic ( as usual )
And..........not to be outdone, 99Gator

Take a bow trolls

JACK8254 writes:

in response to VOLinCO:

apparently so...

or should i say "apparantly" so

These guys write for a living and they cant do better than this? Which is worse, the coaching or the writing about the coaching? I am leaning toward the latter.

JACK8254 writes:

At the peril of repeating myself I wish to pose the following question: why is Mike Hamilton still employed at UT after he has almost ruined the football program ?

JACK8254 writes:

in response to DoctorVol50:

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This guy could not win at his former job and he thinks he can beat Bama, Fla, LSU, Etc, etc. Gird your loins my fellow Orange Fans- this fall may be the roughest we have had to endure in decades. Overconfidence will not be a problem. Explain , please, again how we ended up with an unproven coach with a losing record. IT does not seem real.

ArealVolFan writes:

hahaha some of you jokers are just morons. Dooley will be fine, guy is way more prepared for this job than Kiffin ever was.

oskie_score writes:

in response to DoctorVol50:

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I, for one, appreciate CDD's candid approach. Times ARE going to be difficult (this season and possibly next as CDD implements his system with his players) and by expressing his concern CDD does not, IMO, belittle or demoralize the player's or staff. This Vol team is quite clear that they are considered the underdog (scholarship depleted and lacking in talent especially so at the skilled positions) by analyst, coaches, commentators, etc.

BTW, Bobby Bowden found reason to worry about every opponent (regardless of their record OR Conference) and frequently stated his concern during interviews, news conferences and/or other public forums, even going as far as stating that FSU could lose (to this opponent) if not careful.
This from a FBS HC who has a Winning percentage of .756 over 33 yr.r and is second only in wins (373-119-4) to JoePa (Paterno) another "humble" HC who also will call-out his team and/or credit the opponent regardless of their W-L record or standing/ranking.

Of course, you, DoctorVol50, are entitled to your opinion.

Let us (the Vol Nation) support CDD, Staff and players...regardless.

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to SECFB:

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As of June 22 Luke Stocker is listed as # 25.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to oskie_score:

I, for one, appreciate CDD's candid approach. Times ARE going to be difficult (this season and possibly next as CDD implements his system with his players) and by expressing his concern CDD does not, IMO, belittle or demoralize the player's or staff. This Vol team is quite clear that they are considered the underdog (scholarship depleted and lacking in talent especially so at the skilled positions) by analyst, coaches, commentators, etc.

BTW, Bobby Bowden found reason to worry about every opponent (regardless of their record OR Conference) and frequently stated his concern during interviews, news conferences and/or other public forums, even going as far as stating that FSU could lose (to this opponent) if not careful.
This from a FBS HC who has a Winning percentage of .756 over 33 yr.r and is second only in wins (373-119-4) to JoePa (Paterno) another "humble" HC who also will call-out his team and/or credit the opponent regardless of their W-L record or standing/ranking.

Of course, you, DoctorVol50, are entitled to your opinion.

Let us (the Vol Nation) support CDD, Staff and players...regardless.

Totally agree Oskie; no reason to paint a rosy picture thats not there..Give it to the fans straight((I already knew all this to be true)) Bowdens post game interviews were classic; if the Noles got their butt beat in the trenches he said so!! Always totally candid

AllVolAllDay writes:

in response to SECFB:

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Yea we are, luke creeped in at 25... sooner or later we'll earn our respect back, allvolallday!!!

VOLsince68 writes:

in response to orangeluvr:

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this.......

GO VOLS!!!!!!!

ImaGATORmyGirlfriendsaVOL writes:

Why would you click on suggest removal just because they dont believe the same thing you do? I'm a Gator fan, but I respect all in the SEC...Are you going to click suggest removal simply because they like another team?

On topic, this guy got his degree, he's lived his whole life to play football, let him enjoy his last year playing the game he loves, instead of sitting on the bench. He gave his all for TN, and you should respect him for that. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors Mr. Campbell

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

Those 2 OL will hurt, don't think this guy would have mattered much, anyways, thanks for giving your nothing for Tennessee!

Giving his nothing to the UT? Did you go to practice, sweat, try to earn a starting spot, was once a highly sought after recruit, stayed out of trouble and kept trying despite what the program was experiencing? Then saw the handwriting on the wall that you'd most likely not get your chance to shine and possibly achieve your goal of making it to the NFL as a result? NO you did not. You didn't give the UT your best shot for making the team, playing for the team only to see a flood of high talented people signed to your position. At some point, you need to look out for yourself, especially after giving your all to UT or anyone else over a significant period of time. My advice to you is just shut up. You'd only be happy if this guy stayed, never played and then probably ended up with a job as a janitor somewhere. He stayed a lot more loyal to the UT than you and your ilk stayed to him.

Good luck Thompson, hate to see you go. I hope you find a place that lets you at least try to reach your goals. Thanks for the time and effort you gave the UT. Some fans remember that players are humans with hopes and dreams and we wish you the best whether you stay or not. And some fans are just self-serving natural born rectal cavities and smell like it.

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