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Open Date Losses

A couple of under the radar moves took place in the midst of Tennessee's first open date of the 2013 football season.  Under a coaching change, plenty of veterans and recruits from the former regime often don't buy in 100% and find themselves in a tough spot.  Earlier in the summer, former fullback converted linebacker and special teams ace Channing Fugate decided to hang it up and move onward to Eastern Kentucky.  Earlier this week, the Volunteers and team 117 lost a pair of three year players.

According to's Daniel Lewis, Junior receiver Vincent Dallas and redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Alan Posey are no longer a part of head coach Butch Jones' first Tennessee team.  There were no disciplinary actions or any class room failures, but rather a lack of playing team ultimately forced both players into their respective choices.  Both players were signed by former coach Derek Dooley as a part of his 2011 class that now has seen six players in total leave out of the 27 that inked with the Vols.

Dallas hauled in 14 passes for 200 yards in his short lived career including a 61 yard touchdown grab at South Carolina a year ago.  The Ellenwood, GA native only started one game this season out wide against the Oregon Ducks and primarily served as the team's kickoff return man after junior Devrin Young was injured against Austin Peay.  Dallas returned 13 kickoffs for 289 yards and his production will easily be replaced as the Volunteers have brought along several young receivers and return men.

After multiple position switches from receiver to defensive back and from DB to receiver once again, Dallas could never find a stable home between offense and defense.  As a utility player, he won't leave the Volunteers with a major drop off in the wide out room with receivers coach Zach Azzanni.

Posey was a reserve offensive lineman from Lithonia, GA who appeared in just three games for the Vols with no starts.  The 6-5, 307 pound Posey redshirted in 2011 after falling between three and four stars as a recruit.  

Of course, coach Jones never likes to see players go, but neither of the two will have an extremely detrimental impact with their departures.  UT officials have not commented on the status of either player, but surely support will be given to both student athletes.

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