What looked to be a position of strength for the University of Tennessee football team heading into the spring is suddenly facing some uncertainty.
One starting safety withdrew from school earlier in the week, and following an arrest this weekend, the other is currently suspended pending an investigation following the domestic assault charges filed against Brent Brewer.
The sophomore was released on $1,500 bond on Sunday according to the 24-hour arrest list for the Knox County Sheriff, leaving the Vols short both of the expected starters at the back of the secondary with Janzen Jackson leaving school to deal with personal issues earlier in the week. Details of the incident with Brewer remain unclear at this point, but UT coach Derek Dooley issued a statement Sunday afternoon announcing the suspension for Brewer until the case is resolved.
"Without knowing all the facts, any domestic incident warrants a suspension from all team-related activities until a thorough investigation is concluded," Dooley said. "We respect everyone's right to the legal process, but also acknowledge a greater standard of conduct associated with the privilege of being a member of the Tennessee football team."
Brewer became a valuable contributor to the Vols midway through his freshman season, entering the lineup and playing next to Jackson to form a solid tandem at the back of the defense.
He was a late addition to Dooley's first signing class after he wrapped up his career as a professional baseball player, but after four years away from the game, Brewer shook off the rust, played in every game for the Vols and was credited with 30 tackles, three passes defended and a fumble recovery.
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