Deion Bonner is persona non grata at Tennessee.
Defensive linemen Trent Taylor and Omari Phillips and defensive back Deion Bonner won’t be part of the program moving forward, according to UT spokesperson Jimmy Stanton.
Phillips and Taylor both stopped attending practices last year to focus on academics, then-coach Derek Dooley said at the time. Bonner was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules in November. Taylor and Phillips are listed as inactive students in the university directory. Bonner is still listed as an enrolled student, but if he returns to UT, it won’t be as a member of the football team.
It’s the collateral damage that’s always the saddest part of these stories. But remember that when one door closes, Alabama State’s door opens.
On a related note, given proximity and Garner migrating to Auburn, how likely is it that we’ll see more Carver Columbus alumni distinguishing themselves on the Plains going forward?