KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The pre-practice stretch period is a time when Butch Jones usually imparts serious messages. So there was a look of mild concern among players when he announced, “I want you to know, I cut somebody today.”
He was met by silence.
“Do you know who I cut?”
“Look around and see who’s missing.”
Finally, players caught on. No. 98 Daniel McCullers was gone.
In his place, was No. 63.
“I want everyone to welcome No. 63, Dan McCullers to the team,” Jones said.
Everyone started clapping. The media put down their rosters and stopped hunting for a missing player.