Coach Fulmer Says Coker's a good kid and going through a tough time right now, and the team and the administration were left no choice but to indefinitely suspend him from the team.
5’ 11” 195 lbs.
So. Tailback, Antioch TN
108-696/5-TD’s, Team Leader in ‘06
8-146/1 vs. Marshall
26-125 vs. Memphis
10-126/2 vs. Vandy
TD’s vs. UK & PSU
FL TD, 1-48
4-33 vs. Memphis
4-51 vs. KY
3-35 vs. PSU
Last Season, Coker Rushed for almost 7-Hundred Yards and 5-Touchdowns.
Coker had one-hundred-plus yard games versus Marshall, Memphis, and Vandy in ’06.
That was all good enough to lead the Team and grant him PreSeason All-SEC Honors to start-out 2007.
HEAD COACH PHILLIP FULMER STATEMENT ON LaMARCUS COKER:
"LaMarcus Coker has been suspended indefinitely from the Tennessee football team. He must fulfill obligations to the program and to me before he can return. I have tried, the administration has tried and we all will continue trying to help him, but at this point he must help himself."
"I will not comment again until a later date, after I see how he responds."
VOLS WELCOME FULL PADS WITH TENNESSEE DRILL; COKER SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY:
Tennessee practiced in full pads for the first time Tuesday and used the Tennessee Drill to jump-start a two-hour session on Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Vols closed Tuesday's workout with a 46-play scrimmage. Tennessee's defense showed only base looks during the live competition to allow coaches a closer look at the young tailbacks and receivers, but head coach Phillip Fulmer was proud of his team's physical efforts throughout the hot and sultry conditions.
Especially during the Tennessee Drill.
"It was intense and I though they responded well," Fulmer said of the blocking and tackling competition. "There is no place out there more telling than when every eye is on you and it's you and another guy. That has been a staple for us for a long time, the Tennessee Drill, and you can find out a lot about young players and competitors."
Fulmer also announced to the players before practice and to members of the media afterward that sophomore tailback LaMarcus Coker has been suspended indefinitely from the squad for a violation of team rules.
"LaMarcus is a good person," Fulmer said. "He has been working diligently to get through a medical situation that goes back a ways, but that doesn't excuse where we are at this point and what brought us to this point."
"It's been an ongoing process and it's always hard. Sometimes you get young people who are not necessarily individuals you want to be around. LaMarcus is not one of those guys. He's a good person and he's got some issues we're trying to get through."
Fulmer added that although it takes a good player out of the tailback rotation behind starter Arian Foster, somebody else immediately gets the chance to fill that reserve role.
"No one person is bigger than the program," he said. "Like we've always done, we're going to treat each individual case on its own. But there are policies and procedures they must follow and if they don't follow them, they are not going to be part of the program, whether it is indefinitely or permanently.
"LaMarcus has responded each time in a good way and I'm hopeful he will do that this time. He was very hurt today, very remorseful, very regretful, with a lot of tears. But now he has to take care of himself from a personal standpoint and every other way. This is not just football. It's about life and being a person that is a productive father and citizen."
The Vols practice again each afternoon this week before moving to Neyland Stadium on Saturday for the preseason's first full scrimmage. Tennessee opens the 2007 slate Sept. 1 at California.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information