By 99.1 The Sports Animal Staff / @SportsRadioWNML
Redshirt senior defensive lineman Emmit Gooden has been dismissed from the University of Tennessee football team by head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
According to numerous media reports, Gooden was arrested on Thursday on felony assault charges.
— Volquest Staff (@Volquest_Rivals) July 17, 2020
BREAKING: The University of Tennessee football program has dismissed redshirt senior defensive lineman Emmit Gooden after he was arrested on Thursday for felony domestic assault. https://t.co/NqUcE6Iy3F
— Louis Fernandez Jr (@LouisWBIR) July 17, 2020
Gooden (6’3, 290) missed the 2019 season due to injury. He played 12 games with 1 start in 2018 recording 33 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
The Brownsville, Texas native and JUCO transfer from Independence CC was expected to be a strong candidate to start for the Vols in 2020, if he returned to 2018 form after injury. Gooden was a 4-star prospect when signed in Jeremy Pruitt’s initial recruiting class in 2018.
The University of Tennessee has already removed Gooden from the team roster on their website.
Tennessee still has quality depth on the defensive line with 14 scholarship players. That does not include the 3-4 hybrid outside linebackers/pass rushers. 6 of those DLs have starting experience. There are 2 true freshmen in the DL group that remains.