Vols DB Demetrice Morley dismissed from team

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - After spending a year away from Tennessee for academic problems under the Volunteers' previous coaching staff, defensive back Demetrice Morley has been dismissed from the squad for a second time.

Coach Lane Kiffin wouldn't say Tuesday specifically why Morley wouldn't return for the 2009 season, but the rising senior had missed a number of practices, meetings and workouts in the past few months.

Morley was suspended from one practice early during the Vols' spring period for being late to a team meeting and had missed several other practices, including Saturday's scrimmage.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Miami native joined the Vols in 2005 and had a promising freshman and sophomore season before then-coach Phillip Fulmer dismissed him because of academic problems.

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