Junior receiver and return specialist Vincent Dallas is one of two players who on Friday decided to leave the Tennessee program.
One UT official told 247Sports that both players simply “felt like it was time to move on” in their careers, and that both hope to transfer and play bigger roles for another program.
Dallas, 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga., has played in 29 games the past three seasons despite moving back and forth between offense and defense on multiple occasions, and he’s been the Vols’ primary kickoff return specialist the past few weeks with junior receiver Devrin Young rehabbing a fractured hand. His Tennessee career will end with 200 yards and one touchdown on 14 catches and 289 yards on 13 kickoff returns.
After collecting 149 yards and a touchdown on nine catches last season, Dallas moved to cornerback for a few weeks in preseason camp heading into this season and didn’t make much of a mark on the Vols’ offense after returning to receiver. He started once this season but had just 14 yards on six catches through six games.
Several Tennessee players — including true freshman cornerback Malik Foreman and true freshman receiver Marquez North, as well as veteran tailbacks Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane — have also worked with Tennessee’s kickoff return specialists in practice this season.
First-year Vols coach Butch Jones said Young has a chance to return to the lineup for Tennessee’s next game — an Oct. 19 clash with 14th-ranked South Carolina in Neyland Stadium — but the speedy Foreman has been getting more and more looks in that kickoff return specialist spot in practice, and the Upper East Tennessee native could get a chance against the Gamecocks.
Posey, a 6-5, 310-pound, third-year sophomore from Clarke Central High School in Athens, Ga., redshirted in 2011, played in one game in 2012 and played in two games this season as a reserve.
The offensive lineman took to Twitter on Friday to confirm the news.
“One door closes, another opens,” Posey tweeted. “Thank you to everyone who has helped me so far. I’m excited to see what God has in store next.”
Former Tennessee offensive lineman Alan Posey
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