UT football player indicted on felony assault charge

UT football player indicted on felony assault charge

UT defensive tackle Tony McDaniel UT defensive tackle Tony McDaniel

May 18, 2005

KNOXVILLE (AP) -- A Knox County grand jury has indicted University of Tennessee defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, accusing him of striking a fellow student in the face during a pickup basketball game.

Court documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press show the grand jury handed down the indictment yesterday on a felony count of aggravated assault.

Prosecutors say McDaniel could receive up to six years in prison, if he's convicted.

No trial date has been set.

McDaniel, who will be a junior this fall, was suspended from the team after the incident.

He made his first career start for Tennessee in the Volunteers' 38-7 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

The 6'7", 295-lb. McDaniel is accused of hitting 26-year-old Edward Goodrich. The other student testified during an April hearing that his face was broken in four places and doctors had to insert a metal plate.

McDaniel couldn't be reached, and neither coach Phillip Fulmer nor athletic director Mike Hamilton immediately returned calls seeking comment.

McDaniel is one of eleven Tennessee players who have been either arrested or cited for crimes ranging from aggravated assault to underage drinking since February 2004. Five have remained at the school, while the other six left because they either graduated, transferred or were kicked off the team.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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