KNOXVILLE – Two third-year players – junior wide receiver Vincent Dallas and redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Alan Posey – have left Tennessee’s football team, a team spokesman confirmed to Nooga.com on Friday afternoon.
No specifics were given about their departure, though there’s no indication that the departures are discipline related at this point.
Dallas, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Ellenwood Ga., was serving as the team’s starting kickoff returner in the absence of the injured Devrin Young and had appeared in all six games this season, including one start at wide receiver at Oregon.
Young (hand) is expected to return to practice next week and should have at least a shot to play against South Carolina next week.
Listed as an ‘athlete’ coming out of high school by recruiting services, Dallas struggled to find one consistent position at the collegiate level. He twice moved from receiver to defensive back only to be returned to receiver both times. He finishes his career at UT with 14 catches for 200 yards and one touchdown, his most memorable catch being a 61-yarder against South Carolina in 2012.
Despite being one of the few wide receivers with game experience coming into 2013, Dallas has been pushed down the depth chart by the emergence of younger receivers such as Marquez North, Josh Smith and Jason Croom. Dallas recorded just two receptions for 14 yards thus far in 2013 in limited action on offense.
Posey, a 6-5, 310-pound native of Lithonia, Ga., leaves UT having appeared in just three games – one in 2012 and two this season in reserve action. A consensus top 50 offensive tackle coming out of high school, Posey struggled to crack the two-deep and wasn’t listed on the Vols’ depth chart for last week’s game against Georgia.
Both Posey and Dallas were members of Derek Dooley’s 2011, 27-man signing class. They are the fifth and sixth members of that class to leave the program.
The Vols are off this Saturday and will take on the Gamecocks on October 19.
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter@DanielNooga