Freshman running back Davante Bourque, who left Tennessee amid homesickness and family issues, seems unlikely to return.
Coach Derek Dooley told GoVols247 that Bourque is "not a part of our team" after he abruptly left the team a week ago.
Kirk Landry, Bourque's father, told the News Sentinel on Friday that Bourque's homesickness was compounded by issues involving his girlfriend, with whom Bourque has a child. The girlfriend's father passed away recently, Landry said.
Landry said he's not sure of Bourque's plans for the future.
A 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete from Crowley, La., Bourque picked the Vols over Miami (Fla.) just before National Signing Day.
"I don't think it has anything to do with us, or us not liking him or him not liking us," Dooley told GoVols247. "He's got a lot of personal, family problems that he's working through."
* Sophomore running back Devrin Young had only 21 yards rushing during Friday's scrimmage, but he scored a touchdown on a 72-yard reception. Dooley said Young's score came against the second-team defense on a "check-down" pass. A check-down is usually a short pass to a back when receivers are covered.
"We can't let that happen on that side of the ball," Dooley said.
* Dooley said depth at tight end and inside linebacker remain "real concerns." Senior inside linebacker Herman Lathers (soreness) and senior tight end Mychal Rivera (knee) didn't participate in Friday's scrimmage.
Sophomore tight end Brendan Downs left the scrimmage with a knee injury. More information on the severity of the injury likely will come today.
Dooley said the return of Lathers will help solidify a linebacking corp that should be among the team's strengths.
"It's fair to say if Herman (Lathers) is healthy, that is one of our strengths," he said. "Curt (Maggitt), Herman and A.J. (Johnson) have all proven that they can play winning football in this league. No other position has that on the whole team. Nobody else has gone 12 games and proven they can be good. That's a strength, but we need to keep them healthy because depth is a real concern."
* The start of classes next week will mark the end of camp, and focus will turn quickly to the opening game against North Carolina State.
Players also will focus on healing their bodies.
"Mentally, I feel great. Physically, I'm ready to get my body back to where it needs to be for the first game," said offensive tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson. "But we've been grinding. I just feel like we've taken a lot of big steps. Our confidence is up. We feel like we can play against anybody, and I say that with confidence."
* Several players said the offense owned the first half of the scrimmage, while the defense bounced back in the second.
"It was rough for us at the beginning," said junior safety Byron Moore. "We had to switch gears at halftime. We've just got to go clean it up and be more consistent."