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Tennessee Defensive Lineman Dismissed Following Felony Assault Charge

John Golliher | Tennessee Athletics

John Golliher | Tennessee Athletics

One of Tennessee’s top returning defensive players is no longer a Volunteer.

Head coach Jeremy Pruitt dismissed Emmitt Gooden from the team after the nose guard was arrested Thursday night and charged with aggravated domestic assault. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Gooden is accused of hitting his girlfriend in the head with a glass jar candle during an argument. The blow left lacerations near her eye that required sutures from the local hospital.

Gooden became a star in the third season of Last Chance U, racking up more than 100 tackles at Independence Community College to earn second team NJCAA All-American honors. In his debut season for the Vols, he recorded 33 tackles, 7 for loss, and a sack as a key reserve. Before Gooden could take over the starting role in 2019, he suffered a season-ending ACL injury during summer training camp.


Article written by Nick Roush

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4 Comments for Tennessee Defensive Lineman Dismissed Following Felony Assault Charge

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    10:51 am July 17, 2020 Permalink

    Louisville or Florida is his next destination if he can stay out of jail.

  2. ClutchCargo
    11:37 am July 17, 2020 Permalink

    Vols gonna Vol. Too bad he’s already had his Last Chance.

  3. T-Town Cat
    11:58 am July 17, 2020 Permalink

    UT IS BACK! Resurrect the Fulmer Trophy.

  4. satcheluk
    5:34 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    I always heard he was a big hit with the ladies.