KNOXVILLE – Tennessee sophomore tight end Brendan Downs was arrested for underage consumption and public intoxication on Sunday, according to WATE in Knoxville.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound native of Bristol, Tenn., appeared in 10 games as a reserve tight end this season and is expected to compete for the starting role in 2013 with the departure of senior Mychal Rivera.

He missed the opening two games after dislocating his knee during fall camp. He ended the season with three receptions for 39 yards and scored one touchdown on a six-yard reception against Akron on Sept. 22.

Downs’ arrest, which came shortly after Tennessee’s season concluded with a 37-17 win over Kentucky on Saturday, marked the first time a UT player has been arrested since former tight end Cameron Clear was charged with felony theft on May 22 of this year. Clear was later dismissed from the team.


This summer, quarterback Tyler Bray was cited for reckless boating and also had the police called in response to accusations that he threw items off an apartment balcony at a parked car. Neither incident led to an arrest.

Freshman cornerback Deion Bonner was listed as a suspect in an on-campus theft in October but was never arrested. He was later suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules by former coach Derek Dooley. It’s unclear if the suspension is related to any legal issues.

Interim head coach Jim Chaney is overseeing the program until a new coach is hired.

“I’ll continue to do whatever [AD Dave] Hart would like me to do in this role,” Chaney said after Saturday’s game. “Continue to help these young men whatever they need as far as going to class. That’s the key thing right now. Football is over and now we have to finish up strong in finals. Coach Dooley was big on that and we’ll continue to fight his wishes all the way to the end. These young men will finish strong academically if it’s the last thing we do.”