Derek Dooley reviews the 55-48 win against Troy
True freshman cornerback Deion Bonner was listed as a suspect in a campus cellphone theft last week, but he hasn't been charged or arrested in the case. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Monday he has no evidence that Bonner did anything wrong.
Dooley said Bonner would remain on the team in good standing unless new information came to light.
"There's no change in his status," Dooley said.
Defensive lineman Trevarris Saulsberry sprained an MCL and is doubtful for the Vols' game Saturday (TV: WVLT, 12:21 p.m.) against Missouri, Dooley said.
Running back Devrin Young, who missed the Troy game with a concussion, should be back this week. Running back Rajion Neal (ankle) and offensive linemen Antonio "Tiny" Richardson (undisclosed) and Zach Fulton (ankle) all played through injuries against Troy.
Dooley spent most of Monday's news conference talking about "the bad." But he did indulge a few moments of talking about the good from Saturday's 55-48 victory against Troy.
"Of all the things that were good, the best is what happened with three minutes to go in the game when we were down seven," Dooley said.
It wasn't an SEC opponent, but the defense made stops, quarterback Tyler Bray made plays and the Vols came from behind to win.
"That's the kind of grit a team has to have down the stretch to win a football game, and we haven't had that against anybody recently, so that was encouraging to see," Dooley said.
Dooley also showered praise on Bray, who has made key turnovers late in close games this year but played four flawless quarters and engineered a comeback against Troy.
"He did something he had never done: bringing a team back in the fourth quarter and winning the game," Dooley said. "That's a big monkey off a quarterback's back."
Teammates are trying to keep freshman cornerback Daniel Gray positive after a shaky debut as a starter.
"I told him plays are going to happen like that. Big plays are going to happen like that," said sophomore Justin Coleman. "Sooner or later you're going to learn how to make plays on that, and you'll learn from your mistakes."
Dooley said there are no plans to move senior Prentiss Waggner from cornerback to safety, where he played last year. Waggner was benched in favor of Gray against Troy, but quickly returned to action when Gray struggled.
"Dan competed hard but he gave up a lot of plays. We still need Prentiss at corner," Dooley said.