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Vols’ LB Arrested for Fight

Vols’ LB Arrested for Fight
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee reserve linebacker Dorian Davis was cited for fighting in his Iowa hometown during an off-week that coach Phillip Fulmer hoped his Volunteers would use to get ready for 12th-ranked Georgia.

The 20-year-old sophomore, who has played in all 16 of his career games at Tennessee, mostly on special teams, was charged with disorderly conduct Saturday evening in Iowa City.

Davis “showed up” at the apartment of an acquaintance, Charles Jones, 21, and “got into a verbal altercation with him,” a police report said. “The defendant then pushed and struck the victim. The defendant admitted to the incident.”

Jones was not charged and Davis was released without going to jail, Iowa City police spokesman Sgt. Troy Kelsay said. Davis has a Nov. 7 court date, but could enter a plea through a lawyer.

A guilty plea would likely result in a fine, Kelsay said.

Fulmer told reporters Monday he didn’t know enough about Davis’ case to comment.
The coach preferred talking about the Vols’ (2-2, 0-1 SEC) preparation for the visiting Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) this Saturday.

The Vols are concentrating on tackling and stopping big runs.

“We have certainly been tested in the run game,” Fulmer said. “We’ll have 10 or 15 good plays, but then someone gets 40 yards. That’s what we have to eliminate, those plays that change field position or give up a score — big plays.”

Tennessee’s rush defense ranks 88th out of 119 teams in the Bowl Subdivision. Davis, who was suspended for Tennessee’s spring game for violating team rules, has nine tackles and a forced fumble in four games this season.

Georgia senior tailback Thomas Brown is coming off a 180-yard, three-touchdown performance against Mississippi, while redshirt freshman Knowshon Moreno is averaging 86.4 yards a game.

“We’ve played some really good backs,” Fulmer said, “and these two are certainly very fine as well.”

The Volunteers and No. 11 Georgia are set to play before a national audience on CBS Saturday afternoon at 2:30.

UT is 0-2 against ranked opponents this season.

The Vols lost to Cal in the season opener 45-31 before a 59-20 shellacking at the hands of the defending national champion Florida.

The Gators have since been upset by Auburn.

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