Vols roster update: Surgeries, injuries and a transfer
Sparsely used Tennessee tailback Toney Williams is no longer on the team, coach Derek Dooley said Monday.
Williams, who battled multiple injuries and carried the ball just five times in his two years with the Vols, plans to transfer. Dooley said he wasn't sure where Williams was headed.
"We wish him the best," Dooley said.
Freshmen defensive backs Tino Thomas and Geraldo Orta won't be with the team when the Vols hold their first practice Tuesday. Both players, who are currently enrolled in summer classes, had offseason shoulder surgeries. One of the players could be ready to join the team within a week, but Dooley did not specify who had a better chance.
Freshman offensive tackle Antonio Richardson is also recovering from shoulder surgery and will not see contact through the first few days of practice.
"He's not 100 percent," Dooley said. "He can still bench press probably more than 98 percent of the team. We got to ease him in."
Cornerback C.J. Fleming will not join the team until fall semester classes begin Aug. 17. A senior, Fleming has seen the field in six games over the past two seasons.
Defensive end Ben Martin, who is recovering from his second Achilles' tendon surgery, is ready to practice, but will be viewed as a work in progress.
"We can't forget that he hasn't played a down since I've been the coach here, so we're going to ease him into this stuff," Dooley said. "We don't want to go out there full go on the first day and something goes bad."
Defensive end Jacques Smith, who underwent two foot surgeries since spring practice, "seems to be full go," Dooley said. Linebacker Herman Lathers, meanwhile, is a "couple months away" as he continues to recover from a broken ankle.