Vols roster update: Toney Williams to transfer

University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley talks about the upcoming season during a media luncheon Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 at Neyland Stadium. The Vols' first fall practice is Tuesday and the team opens the season Sept. 3 against Montana.

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University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley talks about the upcoming season during a media luncheon Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 at Neyland Stadium. The Vols' first fall practice is Tuesday and the team opens the season Sept. 3 against Montana.

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.

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RockyToptoNeyland writes:

this guy will be missed, I saw him in the spring and he looked great, what happened?

Bigger_Al writes:

Toney, we hardly knew ya, but best of luck. Another Kiffen signee leaves.

Good news about Ben Martin. I didn't think he would be back after the second Achilles tear.

NickDanger-ThirdEye writes:

All in all a good roster report. If we stay healthy in camp I like our chances to compete with Florida. Go Vols.

givehim6 writes:

Well this answers my question about Tony Willams gosh he started out so well and was a big kid thought he would be the punishing power back UT needed, anyway best of luck Tony, just do not end up at bama.

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Toney, we hardly knew ya, but best of luck. Another Kiffen signee leaves.

Good news about Ben Martin. I didn't think he would be back after the second Achilles tear.

He must learn to trust the repaired achilles,and stop trying compinsate with the outher.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

At least, Toney saw that his playing time would be limited and decided to transfer somewhere to to get that playing time..I'm sure he is a talented RB that will benefit the team in which he transfers.

At least the team will have plenty of time to get healthy, except for Lathers..I think he is gonna miss the first two games last time I heard.

Smokey is still on the prowl for that potion to get his players ready for the season...WD, any ideas???

VolGrad writes:

Toney has great potential. I hate to hear about this; I was certain he would be counted on a great deal this year to help us get through the tough 4 game SEC slate in October. Well, everyone else behind Poole will have to step up now.

NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

TW should transfer to the Big 12; would immediately be voted 1st team all conference RB...

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to ROCKYTOPBRAD:

He must learn to trust the repaired achilles,and stop trying compinsate with the outher.

Well, I think he's damaged both of them at this point, so hopefully he has no reason to continue compensating. :)

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say two words to remember here...
Marlin Lane.
Bones never lie.

Volunatic writes:

Best of luck to you, Toney. Thank you for all the hard work. Sorry that it didn't work out here at UT.

Volunatic writes:

I guess we can't expect Lathers to be close to 100% until after the uf game. That will be tough-- we need some young LBs to really step up.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

Is anybody healthy? Geez...

RoadTrip writes:

Good luck, Toney. You have the ability to be a big time RB once you trust the knee fully again.

I agree with WD - the handwriting on the wall is spelled Marlin Lane.

VOLliven2it writes:

Well I hate to hear this on Toney Williams and like some others expected him to see some playing time this season. Those injuries really added up. Best to him where ever he goes. If he stays healthy he will be an asset to the team.

CincyOhVol writes:

Man, I hate to see this kid not break through with some playing time.

He was a 3 star prospect and we beat out some tough schools for him; Kentucky, GA Tech, Indiana, and NC State.

volman67 writes:

in response to CincyOhVol:

Man, I hate to see this kid not break through with some playing time.

He was a 3 star prospect and we beat out some tough schools for him; Kentucky, GA Tech, Indiana, and NC State.

he was also listed a 4 star by one of the recruiting services.

oskie_score writes:

Good luck, Toney!

Tennessee has a "bruising" RB commit in Imani Cross.

RunningWithTheVols writes:

Can never have enough RB's in the SEC, so hate to see TW leave. The best thing about our offense this year is we are running the same system two years in a row. That hasn't happened in a while.

Orange_Juiced writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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If Vany loses a player...where would they go? That's the reason your 210 team is not losing any players.

MikeTheTiger writes:

We don't need him! We have great running backs all over the place.
Go Big Orange, I'll hang up and listen off the air.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to vol1:

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Witch Doctor help out.

http://tinyurl.com/3mnp5j4

Bones never lie.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

The Animal said Ball State. I don't know........
thought he was going to be a good one.

For all the teams, keep your fingers crossed on the injury thing...........always seems to crop up for some unfortunate guys.

ChattaVol1 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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The players who are leaving for no playing time would be starting at Vandy.

oskie_score writes:

Off topic---CDD and Christian Slater could be brothers, IMO, anyone else notice the resemblance?

Artistspot writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

this guy will be missed, I saw him in the spring and he looked great, what happened?

Your right, T. Williams was my dark horse after the spring game ... OMG, how could we loose a guy like this?? comm'on man !!

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Yes Vandy has lost players. Wart head
GO VOLS !!

VolInIndy writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor help out.

http://tinyurl.com/3mnp5j4

Bones never lie.

WD, The link to his mug shot and booking information was especially helpful!

Boneheads never lie (Just kidding, I'm a fan!)

orange_n_peoria writes:

best looking rb on the field this spring at the
orange/white game

CoverOrange writes:

Herman Lathers was injured back around the 1st of June. Now, two months later, Dooley says it'll be another two months. The injury must have been more than a broken ankle. He may not make it back for the season. Has he used his redshirt yet?

Prostar writes:

Just one more instance where CSS shows his stupidity. He lists 4 running backs that UT had and we lose 3, 90% of our backfield. His Vandy education is showing, losing 3 of 4 is 75%. I don't view losing Brown and Oku as any great loss in that both are easily replaceable. I really thought TW would do well after what I saw in his first O&W game.

sjackson#227599 writes:

I do not understand the infatuation with Marlin Lane. He is a high school kid who has never played a down of college football. Clemson turned their back on him after his legal issues. It is possible that he turns into a productive player but you need to wait and see how he reacts to getting hit by college players.

SneakyPete writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Toney, we hardly knew ya, but best of luck. Another Kiffen signee leaves.

Good news about Ben Martin. I didn't think he would be back after the second Achilles tear.

Toney may have signed with Kiffen, but he was a Fulmer recruit who wanted to be a Vol (being a Chattanooga native). He moved to Georgia as a teen, but always bled orange. My hope is he returns home to UTC.

CincyOhVol writes:

in response to osu2:

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Apparently you didn't pick up the sarcasm in my post.

MilitaryBrat writes:

From everything I have heard, Williams had great potential. He never got the opportunity due to injuries.

I hate to see him go, because he could be good asset. But what is lost in all this is that Dooley is letting him transfer without an issue. Unlike Brown and Douglas. It seems like players who want to transfer, who go about it the correct way, have no problem getting a release.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to simmsagain:

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For all we know, he WAS offered that option but chose not to make the switch. If so, nothing would have been gained by CDD calling the guy out for it. Most of the time the general public may NEVER know all the reasons why some guys choose to leave. We may always be curious, but since we are not the player involved or the coach who has to make such a decision, we just have to accept that we will likely never know the complete story. No reason for any Vol fan to put anybody down for it. Sometimes things just don't work out the way we hope and expect. Best to just wish the guy good luck and move on with the guys who DO want to be here.

423tiger18 writes:

As several have already stated, he was very impressive in Orange and White game this spring.Best of luck TW

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