Tennessee sophomore defensive end Darrell Taylor has been suspended indefinitely, Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced Monday.
Jones declined to provide specifics, but said the suspension is due to “multiple factors” and that Taylor must meet certain stipulations before being reinstated to the team.
Taylor was involved in a practice altercation last Thursday with freshman offensive lineman Trey Smith, who required stitches, according to an ESPN report. Smith is not expected to miss time after being kicked in the face by Taylor, according to Volquest.com.
Taylor has started the Volunteers’ first five games of the season. He was ejected from the second half of Tennessee’s 41-0 loss to Georgia on Sept. 30, and was already suspended for the first half of this Saturday’s game against South Carolina.
“We have been in this position before and it’s not a fun position to be in, but we have never had any type of conflict in the locker room in the past and we don’t now. Everyone is on the same page,” tight end Ethan Wolf told Volquest.com.
Tennessee is 3-2 and coming off a bye week as it prepares to face the Gamecocks.