KNOXVILLE - Coach Derek Dooley on Monday confirmed the news that started to leak around the University of Tennessee campus last week, that junior college defensive tackle signee John Brown will not play this season for the Volunteers.
Brown, a former five-star signee for the Florida Gators, enrolled at UT this summer in hopes of gaining Southeastern Conference eligibility. He came up short in the classroom, though, and no longer is enrolled for UT's fall semester.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Brown, rated the nation's No. 33 junior college prospect last season by Scout.com, would have contended for a starting position in the Vols' thin defensive tackle corps. Junior Rae Sykes and sophomore Steven Fowlkes remain the most likely candidates to start alongside sophomore Montori Hughes.
Sophomore Marlon Walls entered camp as a starter but was recently lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon.