Douglas to transfer to Arizona Western

Aaron Douglas took Derek Dooley’s eight-hour-drive dictate to heart in determining where to restart his college football career.

Douglas, the promising offensive tackle who quit the University of Tennessee squad March 25, will enroll at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz.

The News Sentinel confirmed Friday night that Douglas will join former Maryville High School teammates Brent Burnette and Tyler Clendenen at the junior college on the Arizona-California border.

Yuma is a 29-hour drive from Knoxville, according to Mapquest.com.

The Arizona Western campus is considerably closer to Southern California, should Douglas decide to eventually re-connect with Lane Kiffin, the second of three UT coaches with whom Douglas was involved.

Douglas, who had been signed to UT by Phillip Fulmer in 2008, left the school where both his father David and mother Karla were athletes in the 1980s.

After his redshirt year at UT, Douglas was moved from tight end to tackle by Kiffin, who replaced Fulmer after the 2008 season.

Douglas, a coverted tight end, was starting by his fourth game last fall. He earned second-team Freshman All-America honors and was to be the only returning starter on the offensive line in 2010.

Then Kiffin left for USC in January and Derek Dooley was hired within the week.

Douglas’ departure was a stunning development as spring practice was getting ready to start.

Dooley, citing Douglas’ need to get away from home, told Douglas he would only release him from his scholarship to transfer to a school at least an eight-hour drive from Knoxville.

Since Douglas chose a junior college, the release is a moot point. From Arizona Western, Douglas can transfer to a four-year school and have two years of eligibility remaining in 2011 and 2012.

The three Maryville teammates shared a state title in 2007, then went different directions in college: Douglas to UT, Burnette to Middle Tennessee State and Clendenen to Tusculum.

All redshirted in 2008.

The 6-3, 210-pound Burnette, the 2007 Class 4A Mr. Football, played in eight games last year at quarterback, throwing one of his two TD passes in the New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss.

Clendenen, a 6-1, 180-pound receiver, was one of Burnette’s favorite targets at Maryville, catching 51 passes in 2007. He played five games at Tusculum last fall. His only statistics were four punt returns.

Arizona Western was 9-2 and won the Western States Football League championship in 2009. The Matadors were ranked No. 7 in the National Junior College Athletic Association top 20 poll.

Arizona Western lost 27-24 to East Mississippi in the Mississippi Bowl on Dec. 6 in Biloxi, Miss.

Former NFL running back Chuck Munice started his college career there.

Douglas has not talked to the media since his departure from UT and his parents have declined to comment on the matter publicly.

However, Douglas did offer a hint on his Facebook page Friday.

“Thank you lord for this great oppurtunity and these great people in my life. No more sitting back it’s time to go and get it!!!”

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bustervols writes:

What a sissy.

olozbal#646632 writes:

Yup, that's the rap capital of the world. When I think where all the big name rappers made their mark, it's Yuma Arizona.

seaplane#216536 writes:

WHY?

Georgia_Dave writes:

Well, finally word on Douglas. Now, what about Bryce?

UTByrd writes:

Aaron, I truly wish you the best of luck and hope life straightens out for you. You are the only one who can do what he's got to do in order to succeed.
Invite the positive in, kick the negative out, stir a little, and see what happens. It's easier than you think.
Go VOLS!!!!!

jclowers writes:

Looks like he is going to play a year rather than sit out and then bounce back up to a Div 1 school next year. Oh well hopefully he will get his problems figured out and good luck to him.

volzcrushm writes:

Wonder if lame kiffen is behind this transfer to get him in to socal next season?? And, I wonder if BB is taking a similar path? And, I wonder how Douglas and Brown would feel if the Vols win the SEC in the next couple of years? ...because, that usually leads to the big dance!

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AZvolFan writes:

Yuma, Az is only a 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hour drive from L.A. kinda fishy if you ask me.

VolInIndy writes:

Aaron, Dude, Dooley said 8 hours, not 80.

txvolsfan writes:

could be a year in Yuma then to USC unless Kitten has them on probation by then.

volsmith writes:

in response to volzcrushm:

Wonder if lame kiffen is behind this transfer to get him in to socal next season?? And, I wonder if BB is taking a similar path? And, I wonder how Douglas and Brown would feel if the Vols win the SEC in the next couple of years? ...because, that usually leads to the big dance!

That's what I was thinking.

cc623 writes:

Way to "stick it out".Nice to see that since he didn't want to be here he is no longer going to be around any of the players that actually do want to be here...

That leaves only one more in B.Brown that does not want to be here but is still "hanging around".That's kind of like putting a rotten apple in with a bunch of good ones and letting the rotten one spoil the rest...

newportvol writes:

in response to txvolsfan:

could be a year in Yuma then to USC unless Kitten has them on probation by then.

would have to be after his 2nd yr of jc. If im not mistaking once u sign with a JC you have to stay for 2 yrs b4 u can go back to a div 1..by the end of his 2nd yr there he will be 3 yrs removed from hs and be able to turn pro. or spend 1 more yr at a div 1 school. "if he plays both yrs at the jc"

beachvol1 writes:

Previous post are probably right, very strange that he would pick a JUCO that far out west...I smell Kiffin Poo on this one...sorry Aaron, you could have been something special with the Vols, just as your parents are!!!

AllVol2008#1353998 writes:

Does he have immigration papers?

riversetvol writes:

What our program needs is more local players who grew up bleeding Orange, you know like Lee Smith and Aaron Douglas. Or more in-state players like LaMarcus Coker, Daniel Brooks, Chris Donald or B.J. Coleman.

DenverVol writes:

Whatever. His life, his choice. Life goes on...

FWBVol writes:

in response to newportvol:

would have to be after his 2nd yr of jc. If im not mistaking once u sign with a JC you have to stay for 2 yrs b4 u can go back to a div 1..by the end of his 2nd yr there he will be 3 yrs removed from hs and be able to turn pro. or spend 1 more yr at a div 1 school. "if he plays both yrs at the jc"

A junior college is just that, a junior, college, which means it is for players during their first two years of college eligibility. Douglas redshirted Fulmer's last year while recovering from shoulder surgery in 2008. Starting last fall he had four years to complete four years of college play.

He used year one last season. This year he will play as a sophomore and then have to transfer to a four-year school or take his chances in the NFL.

Douglas going to the NFL after playing OT one year at UT and a second year at the JC level is not going to happen.

That means if he gets his act together he'll transfer up and finish his last two years of school.

By going the JC route Douglas abides by CDD's rule, but could also end up back in the SEC in 2011 and there would be nothing UT could do about it. I'd rather see him, and I can't believe I'm writing this, at USC rather than a SEC school where UT will have to face him in 2011 and 2012.

cloudodust writes:

in response to bustervols:

What a sissy.

Really..? I haven't heard his story so I'm gonna refrain from any conclusions other than I hate to see him leave. If memory serves me correctly, he suffered the ankle injury prior to and he did play in the CFA Bowl. If he was playing LT on the last play of the game, he laid down or Hardesty missed a block that got JC whacked into tne next week...On the other hand, will his folks be able to come to Rocky Top without shame ever again..? Good luck to them all.

ncvol17 writes:

Johnny Yuma was a man......anyone old enough to remember that tune? Yuma was the territorial prison,, he better walk the straight line...good luck to the kid in getting his life straight

chrisw2967 writes:

If the Douglas family moves out to Az then Id say Kippin has something to do with this and he still might have something to do with it.
Either way he can be known as the traveling Rapper,coming to jr. college near you.

Orangeyouavol writes:

Never seen anybody go pro from Yuma Arizona.

govols1234567 writes:

Why? Why would you trade Tennessee for that? Really wish he would give CDD a chance. Good luck though Mr Douglas

clausenforheisman writes:

Good riddance!!!!

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to Orangeyouavol:

Never seen anybody go pro from Yuma Arizona.

learn how to read---atticle said Chuck Muncie did

TeamXer writes:

Chuck MUNCIE! With the goggles.

UCFgradVOLatHEART writes:

I am hearing all kinds of rumors on this kid. I heard he is a pill head. And what is the deal with this rapping thing? Would Swipper Boy not let him join in on his fun? What the phooey is wrong with this kid???? I hope the drug rumors are false.

mcoll4 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Witch Doctor, where the heck have you been? We've missed you!

Observer43 writes:

I am a supporter of Dooley, but I think he was too harsh on Aaron. I just hope the kid gets his shot at the NFL.

Cldvols1 writes:

Good luck and Go Vols!

scvols writes:

Two years from now we will not remember his name...

vol4lifedld writes:

i hope this kid fails miserably especially if he follows kiffin. what a damn sissy quittin on his team. screw him and whatever he does!! Let the blast begin. Fu@$*n junkie!!!

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

in response to UCFgradVOLatHEART:

I am hearing all kinds of rumors on this kid. I heard he is a pill head. And what is the deal with this rapping thing? Would Swipper Boy not let him join in on his fun? What the phooey is wrong with this kid???? I hope the drug rumors are false.

Oxys, bro. And restraining orders from girls. I can tell you the restraining orders are true, my bro works with his ex, he can't come within 300 yards of the place. None of this has to do with Dooley, it's the people and influences from his hometown, that's why Dooley stipulated he had to go far away. He's doing the kid a favor.

TNPilgrim writes:

It's obvious there's a problem going on here. The parents and the coaches have concurred that he's mixing with the wrong crowd and probably flirting with legal problems. Get him away from the Fulmer Felons and the Kiffin Rap phooey and maybe he'll have a chance - however improbable. Just another story of a kid with all the advantages coming from great parents, and blows it all away. I agree - this time next year he'll be forgotten unless the KNS does some type of mushy story on another UT jock washout like Nukeese that has managed to stay out of jail.

keepitreal4vols writes:

What in the world are all these Maryville kids doing in Yuma?

UCFgradVOLatHEART writes:

in response to Gator_Hater:

Oxys, bro. And restraining orders from girls. I can tell you the restraining orders are true, my bro works with his ex, he can't come within 300 yards of the place. None of this has to do with Dooley, it's the people and influences from his hometown, that's why Dooley stipulated he had to go far away. He's doing the kid a favor.

Has he been arrested for anything we are not aware of? Thanks for the info.

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

in response to UCFgradVOLatHEART:

Has he been arrested for anything we are not aware of? Thanks for the info.

As far as I know he was never arrested. I've heard that Alcoa and Maryville cops looked the other way on alot of stuff because of who he is. Maryville and Alcoa treat high school players in those schools like heroes. Reminded me of that movie "Varsity Blues." Those kids get away with anything, so it's best he gets away from a place everyone knows him and kisses his azz.

AncientVol writes:

While Douglas's reasons are his own business, his withdrawal from the Vols is still mired in mystery. For a potential all-SEC OL to transfer to AZ Western JC makes no sense unless he foresees a later transfer to a major college program, such as USC. It's like Tiger Woods deciding to join a junior college golf team. If his folks were scholarship athletes at UT, all of this is weird behavior on their part. The fans have a right to be perplexed.

DannyVol writes:

Arizona Western? Is that a school or a brand of jeans? Anyway, whatever. If he didn't want to be here, let him go soak up the bright lights in Yuma, where the rattlesnakes outside the 'stadium' will outnumber than people in it by a 5000:1 ratio. Maybe they need a running back too.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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Finally, someone here who seems to know something about Yuma, Arizona. Summers are HOT, forgetw hat you hear about Phoenix (sometimes so hot it grounds planes due to lack of lift from air thinned by the heat), forget what you think you know about Tucson, Yuma is HOTTER. They regular find the bodies of Mexicans trying to cross illegally in the area, victims of that heat. During summer, leave your car parked in the sun for, oh, 20 minutes and try opening it. if it has vinyl seats or even leather you get a whole new understanding of hot rear end. An unprotected steering wheel can make driving an ordeal. But I hope this works out for Douglas whatever he does. I suspect after going through so much at UT and Dooley insisting each job be earned, Doug and Nick decided been there done that, shouldn't have to prove it all over again--so just left. But bless them both and may nothing but good things happen for them.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Sad situation.

Can only wish him the best.

Imagine some day he'll look back and say, "Man, what could have been"!

Maybe not.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to vol4lifedld:

i hope this kid fails miserably especially if he follows kiffin. what a damn sissy quittin on his team. screw him and whatever he does!! Let the blast begin. Fu@$*n junkie!!!

I say again, with the vicious comments made in this forum about players who stay or leave is the best recruiting tool for our opponents. If I was a recruit or potential recruit lurking here, I'd want no part of the Vols. Comments like yours do more damage than you realize. Mark my words, some smart SEC coach is going to get the idea of hunting for and printing out the viciousness that appears here, printing an enlarged poster and hanging the things on a wall for recruits and their parents to see. And the huge banner title above those posters will be, why you shouldn't be a Vol.

I don;t like the cancer but players are largely little more than super sized and still very impressionable kids. they are easy pickings for cults and other devious "role models" and the stupidity, which is really ignorance and inexperience we all endure at that age. I'm sure opposing coaches enjoy having recruiter like you and to think theyndon't even have to pay you, heck of a bonus for them.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

in response to ncvol17:

Johnny Yuma was a man......anyone old enough to remember that tune? Yuma was the territorial prison,, he better walk the straight line...good luck to the kid in getting his life straight

Yep, 'fraid so. "Johnny Yuma was a Rebel", song sung by Johnny Cash. The Series, "The Rebel", was one of my favorite shows in the 50's. Dang that makes me feel old! It starred a young man who's first name was Nick, but I can't remember his last name.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

kabulvol writes:

in response to TeamXer:

Chuck MUNCIE! With the goggles.

I was thinking the same thing.

Ringside writes:

YUMA - The gateway to USC.

10cvolnga writes:

Hope he enjoys that average hi temp in Yuma during AUGUST --- 117!

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Ringside:

YUMA - The gateway to USC.

Sad..but probably true.

WillieGualt writes:

in response to Gator_Hater:

Oxys, bro. And restraining orders from girls. I can tell you the restraining orders are true, my bro works with his ex, he can't come within 300 yards of the place. None of this has to do with Dooley, it's the people and influences from his hometown, that's why Dooley stipulated he had to go far away. He's doing the kid a favor.

Best thing for this young man is to get his life back together. I'm sure he is like many kids who come from a good family (a UT family) and get hooked on ... I wish him good luck on his road to recovery and he will be eligible to come back to the hill if he gets his life straight. Good luck AD.

orangedad writes:

Move on and please no more articles on this guy.

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