WR DeAnthony Arnett seeking release from scholarship

DeAnthony Arnett signs with Tennessee

Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett (13) is surrounded by MTSU safety Sammy Seamster (8), and linebackers Roderic Blunt (33) and Darin Davis (59) at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett (13) is surrounded by MTSU safety Sammy Seamster (8), and linebackers Roderic Blunt (33) and Darin Davis (59) at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett, who compiled the second-most receptions by a freshman in program history this past season, has asked for a release from his scholarship.

"Due to personal family reasons, I've decided to leave Tennessee," Arnett told SpartanTailgate, part of 247Sports, on Wednesday night. "I appreciate everything the Vols coaches have done for me but in the long run the Tennessee program isn't the right fit for me or my family."

Arnett’s father has battled health issues and his condition has not improved since Arnett enrolled at UT, a source told the New Sentinel.

Arnett told the website he has applied for a personal hardship waiver that would allow him to play next season.

SpartanTailgate reported that Arnett informed Tennessee coach Derek Dooley he would transfer and added that he will be “exploring his options.” Those options include Michigan State, Michigan and Notre Dame.

UT officials could not be reached for comment.

A highly touted slot receiver from Saginaw, Mich., Arnett was third on the Vols with 24 receptions, fourth with 242 yards and was one of three players to catch two touchdowns. Arnett’s breakout performance came three weeks into the season against Florida, when he led the Vols with eight receptions for 59 yards. Two weeks later, he caught two touchdown passes in UT’s rout of Buffalo.

Arnett saw action in all 12 games and picked up his first career start in November at Arkansas.

His departure adds even more ambiguity to what UT has at wide receiver in 2012. Star wideout Justin Hunter continues to rehabilitate from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Vols’ leading receiver in 2011, Da’Rick Rogers, had his status with the program come into question earlier this month, though Dooley strongly denied multiple reports that Rogers had been suspended.

UT has four wide receivers — Drae Bowles (Jackson), Jason Croom (Norcross, Ga.), Alton Howard (Orlando, Fla.) and Keithon Redding (Decatur, Ga.) — committed for the class of 2012 and has relentlessly pursued top-rated junior-college prospect Cordarrelle Patterson (Hutchinson, Kan.).

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AlpharettaVol writes:

Would hate to lose him. He showed a lot of potential as a freshman.

BankerVol writes:

Bye

fearthehound writes:

Queue the trolls.

VolGrad writes:

This is tough. I hope the best for Arnett and pray his father's health improves. But the young man has to do what he feels is best for his family.

We'll miss you DeAnthony.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Family comes first. Prayers are with him and his family during this time.

wallingdad writes:

it's tough on a kid to be far from home and have to deal with issues that he has to deal with. i wish him all the best.

wally writes:

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totally agree.

ACWLY writes:

Another VOL disappointment! Seems like it will never end for Tennessee football. Sort of getting use to it after last four years, and personally don't see present coach being here much longer, maybe the unrest added to Arnett's request to leave. If this is the case could you blame him? Who knows, just add it to the list.

Regardless, I hope Mr. Arnett's health improves.

LJS1984 writes:

Ship sinking very fast now!!!!!!!

Ironcity writes:

Good luck. Its tough to go away. Its not for everyone.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Hate to lose him, but you gotta do what you gotta do..Being near his father is what is best for him..Football takes a back seat when it comes to an ill family member or whatever the case maybe..I can't blame him one bit and there are no hard feelings coming from me..I just wish him the best and hope he cherishes whatever time he can spend with his father during this hard time.

On the football aspect(which comes second), the Vols will be ok at the WR position..Others will step up their game and work that much harder.

Smokey says good luck, DeAnthony..

LJS1984 writes:

Just kidding, it's not like we are talking about the next Carl Pickens here. Good riddance, 242 yards and two touchdowns.

OwensboroVol writes:

Family comes before Football. Let the young man go home and play to be with his dad.

eduardo writes:

in response to ACWLY:

Another VOL disappointment! Seems like it will never end for Tennessee football. Sort of getting use to it after last four years, and personally don't see present coach being here much longer, maybe the unrest added to Arnett's request to leave. If this is the case could you blame him? Who knows, just add it to the list.

Regardless, I hope Mr. Arnett's health improves.

totally agree!

VOLliven2it writes:

ACWLY, you obviously are not paying attention. If your father was ill, as it seems the case here, you might not want to be 9 or 10 hours away. So go on with your junk. It is very sad and I wish the young man the best and his father's health to improve. WR is not one of our greatest areas of concern right now.

Go_Big_O writes:

in response to ACWLY:

Another VOL disappointment! Seems like it will never end for Tennessee football. Sort of getting use to it after last four years, and personally don't see present coach being here much longer, maybe the unrest added to Arnett's request to leave. If this is the case could you blame him? Who knows, just add it to the list.

Regardless, I hope Mr. Arnett's health improves.

Don't know of anyone except a few fans who think the present coach won't be here much longer. Those who count know that that particular decision hasn't been made yet.

As far as the disappointment, players come and go. The player's family is more important than the football program. Ask Alex Bullard. We were on the receiving end of that deal, but he came here to be close to his family.

From what I understand, it's the same with Arnett. Who would want to deny a young man the opportunity to be close to his father as he battles illness?

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

ACWLY, you obviously are not paying attention. If your father was ill, as it seems the case here, you might not want to be 9 or 10 hours away. So go on with your junk. It is very sad and I wish the young man the best and his father's health to improve. WR is not one of our greatest areas of concern right now.

Totally agree!!!

Smokey says there are other areas that we are concerned with..

LJS1984 writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Family comes before Football. Let the young man go home and play to be with his dad.

The article says that his father's condition hasn't improved since he enrolled at Tennessee. Maybe he should have stayed home in the first place? That's the problem with kids today, if everything doesn't go the way they dreamed it then they run away from the situation instead of fighting to make the situation better or fighting for their dream. Just see all the morons looking for a handout in this Wallstreet movement.

STLVOLS writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

ACWLY, you obviously are not paying attention. If your father was ill, as it seems the case here, you might not want to be 9 or 10 hours away. So go on with your junk. It is very sad and I wish the young man the best and his father's health to improve. WR is not one of our greatest areas of concern right now.

Totally agree. The young man has more important issues.Football is nothin compared to family.

utvolz#637682 writes:

Keeping you and your father's health as the focus of your transfer request. Hoping everything works out for the best....

BigVolinCarolina writes:

If it's a legit health issue in the family, let him go--it's the right thing to do.

Alex Bullard and Tyler Smith are the two most-recent Vols who come to mind whose prior coaches did the right thing in allowing them to go back home.

VolMoment writes:

I agree with GO-BIG-O!! Dooley is here and a few stupid fans keep posting their hopes. Tough luck because we are enjoying life as a Big Orange fan with coach Dooley and you are mesirable.

arkyvol writes:

i wish this young man and his father the best and hope he has nothing but fond memories of his time in knoxville.

Couchdummy writes:

Family first, as it should be. Thoughts and prayers with this young man. His release should be immediately granted.

LJS1984 writes:

I may have sounded harsh, I'm sorry for his fathers health troubles. There's obiviously a whole lot more to this story.

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

Yeah, he'll probably end up at Michigan or Ohio State breakdancing in the endzone after scoring touchdowns--all of this while mourning his dad's condition of course. Whatever.

volsfanntn11 writes:

hope all is well with the arnett family..wish him the best of luck throughout his cfb career wherever he ends up at!....GBO....VFL!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to VolMoment:

I agree with GO-BIG-O!! Dooley is here and a few stupid fans keep posting their hopes. Tough luck because we are enjoying life as a Big Orange fan with coach Dooley and you are mesirable.

VolMoment and other true Vols,

Yes, the young man is doing what is best for his family and the doom and gloom/negatives here have to hop all over this news...........hoping anything will adversely affect the Vols. What pitiful existence some people have.

Here's hoping for the best for Arnett's father as well as Deanthony.

txsvol#372416 writes:

THINK, people! His father is ill, and has had time to (not) have responded to therapy such as chemotherapy, or to have had a setback in another way, such as beginning dialysis or having had a stroke or amputation. This sounds like a compassionate release, which CDD, as a caring coach, will undoubtedly approve, without restrictions like those placed on Aaron Douglas. Sounds like a situation similar to Alex Bullard to me! Go Vols! SAVol

orange_eVOLution writes:

Best of luck to this young man and his Father's recovery.

You had a great freshman year and we'll miss you.

GO VOLS!!

springtx_vol writes:

For anyone above that has said anything negative about Arnett, shame on you. I live 9 hours from my parents and lost my dad in May. I would have loved to have been an hour away, but my job keeps me in Gainesville (actually moving to Houston, but that is another story).

Did he make a bad decision to play in Knoxville knowing that his dad was apparently ill then? Maybe. But maybe he matured a little in the last year and started thinking about more important things. Why isn't important.

If he reads this (and I often wonder if anyone in the administration or on the various team actually read this stuff!), good luck DeAnthony. Hope your dad recovers; ore importantly, I hope that you get to spend time with him. THAT is more important than any game.

HtownVol writes:

People, I hate to lose Arnett but he is leaving for a reason that NO ONE can argue with.

UT is going to be LOADED AT WR!!

Hunter
D Rogers
Dallas
Bowles
"pig"
Plus a few more recruits and that other Rogers kid who I wish would not play.

Meridith,Downs and Cam Clear at TE and UT is not in bad shape at WR or TE.

Now, the D-Line is what we need to be complaining about...

GO VOLS

willblitz4bacon writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

Hate to lose him, but you gotta do what you gotta do..Being near his father is what is best for him..Football takes a back seat when it comes to an ill family member or whatever the case maybe..I can't blame him one bit and there are no hard feelings coming from me..I just wish him the best and hope he cherishes whatever time he can spend with his father during this hard time.

On the football aspect(which comes second), the Vols will be ok at the WR position..Others will step up their game and work that much harder.

Smokey says good luck, DeAnthony..

Well said

eaglehim2 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

The article says that his father's condition hasn't improved since he enrolled at Tennessee. Maybe he should have stayed home in the first place? That's the problem with kids today, if everything doesn't go the way they dreamed it then they run away from the situation instead of fighting to make the situation better or fighting for their dream. Just see all the morons looking for a handout in this Wallstreet movement.

LJS - What in the world are you talking about. Your logic makes absolutely no sense to me. Unless you know that the facts as stated are not correct, we have to accept what the young man says at face value.

rockypop writes:

in response to LJS1984:

Just kidding, it's not like we are talking about the next Carl Pickens here. Good riddance, 242 yards and two touchdowns.

What kind of A/H**E would dis a 19-year old kid for wanting to be with his sick father? If this is what the UT fan base has come to, then count me out.

keithknoxvol writes:

Hate to lose him, but family first. God speed DeAnthony. Prayers are with you and your family. We will miss you on Rocky Top.

Huttdawg100 writes:

This is a bigger loss than a lot of people know. If we don't get Patterson, and Hunter isn't 100%, we're really gonna miss him. I was at the Florida game, and when Hunter went down, Arnett stepped up in a BIG way. He's a possession receiver: a chain mover.

Arnett runs quality routes and will be all conference wherever he winds up. Good luck D, and best wishes, thoughts and prayers to your father and family.

RaineyVol writes:

Family is first, he is doing the right thing. but on the plus side, we are so stacked at WR.. we have Jason Croom, Drae Bowles, and Alton Howard coming in. A lot of depth at WR

west_tn_volfan writes:

in response to LJS1984:

The article says that his father's condition hasn't improved since he enrolled at Tennessee. Maybe he should have stayed home in the first place? That's the problem with kids today, if everything doesn't go the way they dreamed it then they run away from the situation instead of fighting to make the situation better or fighting for their dream. Just see all the morons looking for a handout in this Wallstreet movement.

That's pathetic! This young man isn't running from the difficult situation, he's running to it. The difficult situation isn't what happens on a football field or what some stupid fan thinks, it's the bad health of his dad. If my dad needed me, you can't imagine how little I would care if leaving bothered some one. I hope the best for he and his dad.

Olcrow writes:

Good luck young man hope your father gets well.

Olcrow writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

This is a bigger loss than a lot of people know. If we don't get Patterson, and Hunter isn't 100%, we're really gonna miss him. I was at the Florida game, and when Hunter went down, Arnett stepped up in a BIG way. He's a possession receiver: a chain mover.

Arnett runs quality routes and will be all conference wherever he winds up. Good luck D, and best wishes, thoughts and prayers to your father and family.

Pig will be his replacement,he looks good in HS highlight film but we're losing a year of experience,Patterson would be nice

oldster writes:

If it weren't for bad luck, the Vols would have no luck at all.

Voluvr writes:

I would exclude him from SEC schools and Ohio State. This is how we got the lineman from Notre Dame.

BamaVol writes:

in response to AlpharettaVol:

Would hate to lose him. He showed a lot of potential as a freshman.

You only have one Dad, let him go. If his Dad is ill, then he should be released.

TommyJack writes:

in response to LJS1984:

I may have sounded harsh, I'm sorry for his fathers health troubles. There's obiviously a whole lot more to this story.

dingleberry

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

in response to HtownVol:

People, I hate to lose Arnett but he is leaving for a reason that NO ONE can argue with.

UT is going to be LOADED AT WR!!

Hunter
D Rogers
Dallas
Bowles
"pig"
Plus a few more recruits and that other Rogers kid who I wish would not play.

Meridith,Downs and Cam Clear at TE and UT is not in bad shape at WR or TE.

Now, the D-Line is what we need to be complaining about...

GO VOLS

And returning at Head Coach the one and only Derek Fooley! The kid said thanks but no thanks.

givehim6 writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

Hate to lose him, but you gotta do what you gotta do..Being near his father is what is best for him..Football takes a back seat when it comes to an ill family member or whatever the case maybe..I can't blame him one bit and there are no hard feelings coming from me..I just wish him the best and hope he cherishes whatever time he can spend with his father during this hard time.

On the football aspect(which comes second), the Vols will be ok at the WR position..Others will step up their game and work that much harder.

Smokey says good luck, DeAnthony..

Good post, all need to remember this when posting. DeAnthony is not trying to get out of his commitment to get away from Dooliy or the Vols, His dad is sick. The Vols are not lean at WR we will be ok. Hopefully with a inproved running game, let this younge man take care of his dad, are prayers are with you.

BR_549 writes:

in response to HtownVol:

People, I hate to lose Arnett but he is leaving for a reason that NO ONE can argue with.

UT is going to be LOADED AT WR!!

Hunter
D Rogers
Dallas
Bowles
"pig"
Plus a few more recruits and that other Rogers kid who I wish would not play.

Meridith,Downs and Cam Clear at TE and UT is not in bad shape at WR or TE.

Now, the D-Line is what we need to be complaining about...

GO VOLS

You got some strong orange kool aid going sir. First of all takes 2 yrs for a skill player to recover from ACL...everyone knows it so Hunter is no factor in 2012. Rogers with his attitude is kicked off the team before Sept and what in the h*ll have those other names you mentioned done.? And Cam Clear at TE..please...you seen that guy.

coach75 writes:

would hate to lose this young man, but bullard is not the first we've gained from this. tyler smith, was the first i remeber. granted he hurt us with bad decisions his senior year, that possibly contributed to missing the final four and a national championship. hope your dad gets better.

SevenT writes:

I predict Double D will play his lawyer-card and do everything in his power to give this player the shaft! Just like Double D shafted Bryce Brown and Aaron Douglas.

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