Report: Victim in brawl says he was attacked by UT players

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- 20-year old Gary Russell has told ESPN.com that several Tennessee football players attacked him last Friday morning at a bar on the Cumberland Avenue Strip.

"If not for my friends jumping in, I would be dead or brain-dead," Russell told the Web site. "It was obvious that they weren't going to stop."

In the article, Russell said one player held his head up, while others punched him in the face and stomped on his chest. Russell said Vol defensive tackle Montori Hughes and wide receiver Denarious Moore were the only two players he could identify.

Russell said Hughes started the fight by pushing him and then punching him after Russell accidentally bumped into Hughes after returning from the bathroom.

Hughes has not been questioned by police or charged with any crimes in connection with the brawl.

While Russell told ESPN.com that he could identify Hughes and Moore as two of his attackers, in a Knoxville Police Department incident report released Tuesday night, Tennessee defensive tackle Chase Nelson is listed as the suspect in Russell's assault.

As of Tuesday night, Darren Myles Jr.--who has since been dismissed from the Tennessee football team--and freshman wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers are the only two people facing charges.

Linebacker Greg King and defensive tackle Marlon Walls have been indefinitely suspended by Vols head coach Derek Dooley. Neither King nor Walls have been named in the police reports.

To see the complete ESPN.com story, click on the link toward the bottom of the page.


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