KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Freshman defensive lineman Omari Phillips has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, our partner site GoVols247 reported today.
Phillips, who has not been seen in practice or games for at least several weeks, was previously said to be out due to academic issues.
“He’s not with the team right now,” Dooley told the website. “Omari’s sort of in a position in his life where things didn’t go his way, and he’s got to determine how to work his way out of it the right way, no matter where you are, and he’s not there yet.”
Phillips originally signed with Florida but was not admitted to the school. He signed with the Vols in July. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound defensive tackle from Venice, Fla., was ranked a four-star prospect by every major recruiting service.
He has played in only one game this season.