Running back Watson no longer on Vols' roster

Tennessee tailback Quenshaun Watson (25) runs the ball between Mississippi State defenders in the second half at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee tailback Quenshaun Watson (25) runs the ball between Mississippi State defenders in the second half at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Running back Quenshaun Watson is no longer part of Tennessee's football program.

Tennessee released a spring roster Monday that didn't include Watson. Athletic department spokesman Jimmy Stanton confirmed Monday night that Watson isn't with the team anymore.

Watson played six games as a freshman in 2012 and rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries.

Tennessee also announced the enrollment of wide receiver Paul Harris, all-purpose athlete Lemond Johnson, defensive back Riyahd Jones, all-purpose athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin and linebacker Corey Vereen.

Jones came to Tennessee from Garden City (Kan.) Community College and is listed as a junior. Harris, Johnson, Reeves-Maybin and Vereen are recent high school graduates and incoming freshmen.

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VOLsince68 writes:

Well, what happened!!!

whatthe84 writes:

I didn't know they had any running backs. UT has been so pathetic in recruiting over the last 5-6 years particularly in running backs. It is strange that they cannot get a top tier back with the void that exists in Knoxville at running back. I really don't have much hope for a productive team for some time. The lean times will continue for the mighty vols and we must begin the process of accepting lower expectations. The new hope is to get to a bowl, any bowl that would be fabulous. We will be fighting with Kentucky tooth and nail to stay off the bottom of the SEC east bone yard. Our roster is so thin and weak we could not compete in the ACC or Big East for that matter. We would have issues in the MAC right now. This will take a lot of work and time to turn this old bus around. Let's keep our heads up and support CBJ and hope for the best!

GR82BTNVOL writes:

Troll Alert!

BigOrangeFreak writes:

For those paying attention, according to Rivals.com Tennessee was ranked #49 in recruiting prior to Butch Jones taking over.

We are now ranked #24. That being said, there are still 10 SEC schools ahead of us in the rankings. With a strong finish before signing day UT could hope to pull ahead of 4-5 of those schools (Miss St., Auburn, Ole Miss, USC, and Vandy) and finish with a top 15 class.

If Jones does this--and we go at least 6-6 next season with the murderous schedule we have--It'll be interesting to see years 2 and 3 of his tenure.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to whatthe84:

I didn't know they had any running backs. UT has been so pathetic in recruiting over the last 5-6 years particularly in running backs. It is strange that they cannot get a top tier back with the void that exists in Knoxville at running back. I really don't have much hope for a productive team for some time. The lean times will continue for the mighty vols and we must begin the process of accepting lower expectations. The new hope is to get to a bowl, any bowl that would be fabulous. We will be fighting with Kentucky tooth and nail to stay off the bottom of the SEC east bone yard. Our roster is so thin and weak we could not compete in the ACC or Big East for that matter. We would have issues in the MAC right now. This will take a lot of work and time to turn this old bus around. Let's keep our heads up and support CBJ and hope for the best!

Don't use WE and US when you refer to TENNESSEE football. It is perfectly clear to the most casual observer that you are nothing more than another pathetic little troll, whose number of usernames far exceeds his IQ. Go away little girl. ( No offense Ladies) GBO..VFL

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to whatthe84:

I didn't know they had any running backs. UT has been so pathetic in recruiting over the last 5-6 years particularly in running backs. It is strange that they cannot get a top tier back with the void that exists in Knoxville at running back. I really don't have much hope for a productive team for some time. The lean times will continue for the mighty vols and we must begin the process of accepting lower expectations. The new hope is to get to a bowl, any bowl that would be fabulous. We will be fighting with Kentucky tooth and nail to stay off the bottom of the SEC east bone yard. Our roster is so thin and weak we could not compete in the ACC or Big East for that matter. We would have issues in the MAC right now. This will take a lot of work and time to turn this old bus around. Let's keep our heads up and support CBJ and hope for the best!

Agree that we haven't done a good job landing a top RB. With that said, Jalen Hurd from Beech Co. will be a priority! This will be the one of the first big tests for CBJ. I think there is another excellent RB coming up from Maryville as well.

Lets give CBJ a chance.......

whatthe84 writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Don't use WE and US when you refer to TENNESSEE football. It is perfectly clear to the most casual observer that you are nothing more than another pathetic little troll, whose number of usernames far exceeds his IQ. Go away little girl. ( No offense Ladies) GBO..VFL

What part of my post do you disagree with or take issue with. I challenge you to refute anything I said. Do you believe we have recruited well over the last 5 years? Do you think we have a high quality RB on the roster? Don't you think a bigtime program like UT that has a void at RB could attract one? Is it not realistic to believe the building process will take some time. I say all this because of the high expectations WE all seem to heap onto the coaches. Call me a troll if you want that is OK but I think my post was as legitimate as yours.

mtnbikrtn writes:

@ HooRay: Jalen Hurd plays at Beech High School in Hendersonville, TN. It is part of the Sumner County Schools.

PUL4VOLS writes:

in response to whatthe84:

I didn't know they had any running backs. UT has been so pathetic in recruiting over the last 5-6 years particularly in running backs. It is strange that they cannot get a top tier back with the void that exists in Knoxville at running back. I really don't have much hope for a productive team for some time. The lean times will continue for the mighty vols and we must begin the process of accepting lower expectations. The new hope is to get to a bowl, any bowl that would be fabulous. We will be fighting with Kentucky tooth and nail to stay off the bottom of the SEC east bone yard. Our roster is so thin and weak we could not compete in the ACC or Big East for that matter. We would have issues in the MAC right now. This will take a lot of work and time to turn this old bus around. Let's keep our heads up and support CBJ and hope for the best!

YOU keep those lowered expectations since you legitmize YOUR posts. Some of us will seek to be realistic but have high hopes for days ahead for the Tennessee Volunteer Football team. You obviously have no confidence in the coaching staff nor the team we have in place. Well, that's your prerogative. Some of us are looking forward to progress but not out of the shute championship aspirations. If you think the Vols will stay below Vandy and in KY's class much longer, I find it very hard to not consider you on the edge of trollnation. But post what you choose. Many of us disagree and will do so until we are proven completely wrong. I do totally agree we need to keep heads up and support our head coach. I just have a little more hope and confidence that things will be better.

pcorange writes:

Okay. Why is Quenshaun Watson no longer with the team? Some insight into why we are losing players would be nice.

kevininaugustageorgia writes:

in response to pcorange:

Okay. Why is Quenshaun Watson no longer with the team? Some insight into why we are losing players would be nice.

There's some insight in this article:

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/j...

Read it, then do a little math. My math says he either has some real big personal / family issues which are not our business. Or, he's a drama queen.

Either way, if he divorced UT or the new coach divorced him, doesn't matter. He probably was an issue for the team just waiting to happen if he stayed...

whatthe84 writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

YOU keep those lowered expectations since you legitmize YOUR posts. Some of us will seek to be realistic but have high hopes for days ahead for the Tennessee Volunteer Football team. You obviously have no confidence in the coaching staff nor the team we have in place. Well, that's your prerogative. Some of us are looking forward to progress but not out of the shute championship aspirations. If you think the Vols will stay below Vandy and in KY's class much longer, I find it very hard to not consider you on the edge of trollnation. But post what you choose. Many of us disagree and will do so until we are proven completely wrong. I do totally agree we need to keep heads up and support our head coach. I just have a little more hope and confidence that things will be better.

What do you base your hope on is my question? No proven QB, no running backs, no WR the defense well I won't go there. I just don't see the reason for optimism at this point. If the new staff puts together a pretty good recruiting class then I will see some hope for the future. Dooly never recruited well at all as a matter of fact it was pretty bad. Many on here continuted to lobby for his continued support. I could not see why, with no highly rated recruits you don't win in the SEC. He got CP last year and that was big, but then he lost Rogers so that was a wash really. I just don't see the drum beating. You can hope in one hand and phooey in the other and see which one fills up first (as the old saying goes). I support by all means but with a dose of reality stirred into the orange koolaid. YOU keep those pie in the sky expectations while I will seek to be realistic and not a blind clown wearing orange pants and carrying a shaker with me everywhere I go.

albert63 writes:

who?

Theo writes:

in response to whatthe84:

I didn't know they had any running backs. UT has been so pathetic in recruiting over the last 5-6 years particularly in running backs. It is strange that they cannot get a top tier back with the void that exists in Knoxville at running back. I really don't have much hope for a productive team for some time. The lean times will continue for the mighty vols and we must begin the process of accepting lower expectations. The new hope is to get to a bowl, any bowl that would be fabulous. We will be fighting with Kentucky tooth and nail to stay off the bottom of the SEC east bone yard. Our roster is so thin and weak we could not compete in the ACC or Big East for that matter. We would have issues in the MAC right now. This will take a lot of work and time to turn this old bus around. Let's keep our heads up and support CBJ and hope for the best!

Oh Puleeeze, little troll. Quit trying to masquerade as a Vol fan as you try to spread gloom and doom.
What's next - Maybe we can just play high school ball next year?
So transparent.

Theo writes:

in response to HooRay_Vol:

Agree that we haven't done a good job landing a top RB. With that said, Jalen Hurd from Beech Co. will be a priority! This will be the one of the first big tests for CBJ. I think there is another excellent RB coming up from Maryville as well.

Lets give CBJ a chance.......

I know that the Hurd kid is good but we have got to look beyond the borders of TN to put together a competitive team. A good RB coming up from Maryville does not sound like a recruiting coup. A good RB coming up from Miami sounds like a recruiting coup.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Makes room for a 225 lb tailback.

whatthe84 writes:

in response to Theo:

Oh Puleeeze, little troll. Quit trying to masquerade as a Vol fan as you try to spread gloom and doom.
What's next - Maybe we can just play high school ball next year?
So transparent.

Theo, what did I say that you can refute? I guess this site is just for blind cheerleading and critical thinking is just equated to being a troll. Oh Puleeeze. Let me see here, well if the big orange gets a top 5 class this year and next year we go 7-5 with some luck and good coaching we will have a solid base to build on. If the new coaches really do a super job teaching and coaching and we don't have any injuries and we get lots of breaks and turnovers go our way we will be on our way GBO! Was that better Theo, are you now satisfied I am not a troll? Psst.

FanNotSheep writes:

When Lame came in he cleaned out a bunch of loyal Fulmer players. I don't know why this kid left, but Tennessee needs someone who can come in and carry the load in a very mediocre backfield. Surely a $3 million dollar coach can find a really good high school or juco back out there somewhere and convince him that he can come in and play immediately in the SEC. If not we have hired the wrong guy -- again.

brokendownoldvol writes:

If not good enough to play this yr. had to be a joke. NO loss.

Rookie2 writes:

IIRC Janzen Jackson had to go back home for "family issues". Wonder if Watson might be dealing with the same.

sameolvolalum writes:

considering UT will be able to hit the ground running with whatever group they end up with, this outfit will be in much better shape than the previous four or five.....maybe even further back than that. CBJ's system is set up (since he and all his coaches are on the same page), so whoever enrolls and whoever's already here won't be confronted with a confused group of coaches who aren't all that secure as to their tenures at UT. The system....be it Cincy's (although it's a proven winner) is at least lined up and ready to open up for business. I'm optimistic. Now. Let's get some 4 & 5*s.

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