Posted by Tom Fornelli
Tennessee announced on Thursday that defensive tackle Montori Hughes was no longer a member of the team, though Derek Dooley did not give an official reason for Hughes' dismissal. Hughes came to Knoxville without much hype, but was a physical presence for the Tennessee defense in his first two seasons, and some thought he'd be a big part of the unit over the next couple of years.
As for possible reasons for Hughes' dismissal, he was suspended for Tennessee's game against Kentucky at the end of last season due to academics. He was also suspended for the first two spring practice sessions in March due to a "violation of team rules." Then there was a fight at Bar Knoxville last July involving Hughes along with a couple of teammates. No charges were filed against Hughes after that altercations.
Hughes wasn't going to begin the season as a starter for Tennessee this year, as he was listed as a backup behind Daniel Hood and Maurice Couch on the Tennessee depth chart following spring practice. Hughes made 37 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, and a sack in his first two seasons with the Volunteers.