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Birth of son spurred Morley to return to UT

Defensive back was living in car after being sacked for academics

Don't expect Demetrice Morley to get overly upset if he gives up a touchdown pass or misses a wide-open tackle this fall. The defensive back has some perspective this time around that he didn't have during his first stint at Tennessee.

Perspective came like a blitzing linebacker when Morley was living in his Chevrolet Caprice on the streets of Miami, shortly after being dismissed from UT for academic shortcomings in January 2007.

"I overcame that and just did what I had to do," Morley said during a meeting with the media on Friday following his reinstatement. "I'm just glad to be in orange again."

The journey out of that car and back to Knoxville wasn't easy.

Void of a scholarship or any help from UT, Morley got a job at Calhoun's on the River to pay for classes at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in order to improve his academic standing.

"Just don't take anything for granted," Morley said when asked what he learned from the ordeal. "That's like a life lesson. Something I can tell my kids and grandkids. Let them know that academics are important."

Morley declined to say exactly how he got into academic trouble at UT. But he's quick to point out one of the things that got him back.

The motivation came seven months ago with the birth of his son, Deion.

"That's a big part of my whole life right there," Morley said of his son, who lives in Knoxville. "He's like my shadow. That's my little man. I love him to death. That's my motivation and inspiration right there. He's everything to me.

"I can't let him down so I have to work hard and give it all I have."

UT's coaches should be plenty excited with Morley's return.

Before his dismissal, the star prospect from Killian High School had locked down the starting strong safety position, registering 51 tackles, seven for a loss and two interceptions in 2006. Now with senior Jonathan Hefney's departure, there's a gaping vacancy at safety just waiting to be filled.

Morley's return to UT started to circulate when he showed up for a preseason scrimmage in August. While many were hopeful, even more seemed doubtful that Morley would be able to get his academics in order. Morley, however, had no doubts.

"There wasn't a choice," he said. "I was going to be here and I was going to stay here. I just had to go out and work hard, find a job and go to school and pay for it on my own and do what I had to do."

Morley's return may signal a renaissance for the highly touted 2005 signing class that, so far, hasn't lived up to expectations.

Morley was one of three South Florida prospects that highlighted the class, along with Vladimir Richard and Gerald Williams.

After taking some time to readjust to a new position, Richard worked his way into the offensive line rotation last fall as coaches raved about his potential.

Williams was enrolled and on campus at UT in the summer of 2005 but was told ruled ineligible by the NCAA because of a correspondence class he took in high school. Williams then took a year off from football, attended prep school and is now enrolled at City College of San Francisco.

Williams is expected to make his long awaited return to UT this summer.

"We're one big family," Morley said, "brothers from another mother."

Morley said the toughest times in his latest travails came when he was hunkered down, doing homework as he watched UT's games on television during the fall.

But even that didn't get Morley down. Instead, he said watching his former teammates play motivated him to work even harder.

"There were no low times for me," he said. "I hardly ever have a low time. I'm always happy.

"I thank God for Coach (Phillip) Fulmer for giving me a second chance to show him that I can really work hard.

"It makes me real hungry."

© 2008, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.

       93 Comments

Posted by nicavol on January 19, 2008 at 10:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wish you the best DMO. There is more to life than football but football can be the enjoyable part. Go for it all now, get the degree because it can't be taken away from you and strive to get paid to do the "enjoyable" part of life and be a good dad.

Posted by jawbreaker on January 19, 2008 at 11:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I am impressed by Morley's obvious desire to be a Tennessee Vol once again. His dedication to working his way back shows that he is made of the right stuff. I wish him the best for the remainder of his collegiate career.

Posted by bobbyutvol on January 19, 2008 at 11:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

welcome back you get few second chances in life make the best of it.... good luck & go vols

Posted by utmdm on January 19, 2008 at 11:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Young man, Lifes lessons can be hard, but it seems you have learned and responded positively. Good luck. Hope you succeed all around.

Posted by rabidvol1998 on January 19, 2008 at 11:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sometimes second chances work, sometimes they make the giver look bad. I'm glad coach Fulmer makes each decision on the merits and is willing to fail sometimes for the sake of succeeding in others. His commitment is to treat the players like he would his kids. We can agree or disagree with each individual decision, but we should always honor the the intent.

Congrats Demetrice, take advantage and stay focused.

Posted by Pullingguard on January 20, 2008 at 12:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Lessons of hard knocks and hard times encourages the effort that might have been missing. Probably Morley will be a better person for the experience and also be a more dedicated and better football player... This person does have the talent to play at the next level... But it's all up to him... Good Luck.

Posted by newtonrail on January 20, 2008 at 12:49 a.m.

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Posted by TommyJack on January 20, 2008 at 1 a.m. (Suggest removal)

newton: That was beyond harsh.

Posted by givehim6 on January 20, 2008 at 1:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't let people like newtonrail turn you cold. Sounds to me like someone needs a time out, and a little one on one with the lord. Anyway, being a parent helps people grow up. Stay focused, be a good dad, man, & player

Posted by calivol on January 20, 2008 at 2:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No actually, newton, I DON'T know that you're "telling the truth." In this case, the little kid lives in Knoxville and it sounds like Morley is working in the classroom, on the field and at Calhoun's to do what's best for him and his son. Are you so cynical that when a young man says "I love him to death. That's my motivation and inspiration right there. He's everything to me."...that you don't believe him? Are you serious? And stick to football? Are you saying we can't know Morley's 40-time AND know that he overcame living in his car and is trying to make something of his life? Newton, you're more than harsh...you're a moron. You said you don't want any more stories on "bastard children" on this site. Know what I say? I say I don't want any more comments from bastards who act like children on this site. And I don't think I'm the only one who feels that way, either.

Posted by bloodrunsorange on January 20, 2008 at 3:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Even with all the extreme highs and lows with UT Football I’m still glad Coach Fulmer is the top dog. The surprises aren’t over for this season, from what I hear. Kids nowadays have to be treated individually and personal. If you think college has gotten tough believe me you don’t want to know about high school. The real world is just because you say it’s so doesn’t make it that way. It’s real hard when you’re told to go swimming all you want just don’t get into the water. Then for some reason they think you're doing alot of swimming. It’s much harder now than it was a few years back to keep most kids on track. Sometimes you’re lucky and they realize before it’s too late you’re trying to the best you can for them. I sincerely hope Morley has learned this. I believe Coach Fulmer, is trying to function in this world of kids not the one most people think it is.

Posted by rodneyadms on January 20, 2008 at 3:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

newtonrail...you suck..

Posted by nicksjuzunk on January 20, 2008 at 4:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A man can live a spotless life and in one moment of weakness, a child can enter the picture unexpectedly. I bet most of us could have been in Demetrice's position with the dice we threw in our youth.

A real man sucks it up and takes responsibility. He does what it takes to take care of his business. He gets a job, he goes to school, he secures a future for his child. He takes ownership of his life and learns from his mistakes. He not only talks about change, but does it.

Newtonrail apparently has not experienced brokenness in his life and can still view others from an egotistical prince position. It is sad, but I may not have been far from him had I not fallen on my face so many times.

Newton, I hope you begin to care about the individuals who wear the orange and white more than the results they produce on Saturdays.

Posted by dfreeman on January 20, 2008 at 4:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Morley, I just spent the whole night in the ER with my 13 month old little boy. They are everything!! Congrats on your little one and take care of him!!

Posted by utmdm on January 20, 2008 at 4:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Newton, while we all wish we had less stories about children out of wedlock (meaning we wish there were not so many sad situations as that), your comments are just wrong. It is a fact of life with our society right now. We should do everything we can to encourage the postitive out of these negative situations rather than hiding them and getting a negative on top of a negative.

Posted by KingsportVol on January 20, 2008 at 7:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dfreeman I hope your little one is ok.Great article Dave.Morley will be a great addition to our already loaded secondary.Man I can't wait for some Vol football.Demetrice good luck with your son.Make him proud.Go Big Orange!!!

Posted by ctownvol on January 20, 2008 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dfreeman- Hope all is ok with your lil' man. I applaud DMorley. Sounds like he has the character I want not only for players at the university I love so much, but would appreciate in a family member or friend. What jersey number will he be wearing this year, and where do I get one?

Posted by pdhuff on January 20, 2008 at 8:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Congrats, Morely. I wish my dogs wouldn't bark at 3:15 a.m. and Ma wished I could make them hush. But if wishes were horses we'd all ride.

Only crawdads (crawfish to the Vandy grads) look back to see where they've been. Hang in there Morely. Look forward to seeing you this fall. Be responsible for your son in all phases of life. Reporters will be looking up this youngster soon.

I also wish it wasn't colder than a well digger's a## in Utah.

Posted by mparker on January 20, 2008 at 9:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I like the facts that
-Morey took this up on his own and got it done
-CPF and UT took him back in. granted, you can be cynical about it, but if you analyze Phil thru the years, you'll see he is a kid's coach, not just doing it for himself.

For all the crap we give Phil, he does a great job of prepping kids for the pros, and in trying to help kids grow to be men. I think Bruve is like that, and even Nick Saban (Nick has ZERO ability with the media...but his playrs love him).

Posted by drwfocus on January 20, 2008 at 9:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What calivol said --

Posted by txsvol on January 20, 2008 at 10:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Save Deion a scholarship for the recruiting class of 2026! He's really precocious if he's doing more than following his Dad with his eyes! Glad to have Morley pere back to play safety--he and Eric will be the two best in the nation! Go Vols! SAVol

Posted by dfreeman on January 20, 2008 at 10:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ctown and Kingsport - Thank you!! He has pneumonia and we took him to the er last night with a temp of 105! Scared us to death! We have to see if he can keep down fluids and go back at 3pm today!! If he keeps throwing up, they'll probably admit him. I don't think they prepare you for this kind of stuff! This must be why parents get their gray hair so fast!! Keep us in your thoughts!!

Posted by rootin4volz on January 20, 2008 at 10:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

G-Gun and Ahman ought to sit down and let Morley fill them in on all the details of his past year. Way to go D-Mo! You're a shining example for your teammates, and I hope you prove to be an inspiration for all of them, just as your little man is an inspiration to you. You might just be the glue that the '08 Vols need to make a run for a championship! Go Vols!

Posted by rootin4volz on January 20, 2008 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oops...Typo...I meant Ahmad.

Posted by Plasticman on January 20, 2008 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken Bounds (Newtonrail) should be ashamed of himself.

Posted by invisiblekid on January 20, 2008 at 10:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I can agree with newtonrail on the issue of the sports media seemingly trying to turn almost every story into a human interest feel-good piece. If I want to see that type of story, I am not going to go to GoVols or Outside the Lines looking for it. What I totally disagree with is the callous manner in which he stated his position though.

You can't get away from the human side of things completely however. At the end of the game, it's still young men under the helmet with lives outside of football. Morley has obviously made some mistakes and appears to be making the effort to make right on those mistakes. And I hope he succeeds in those efforts. I think many of us would be content to leave it at that and not pass judgement or turn this site into a referendum on the social ills in America.

Posted by invisiblekid on January 20, 2008 at 10:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dfreeman, good luck with the little man. Hopefully, he is staying hydrated and won't have to spend any time in the hospital.

Posted by BigO4Vols on January 20, 2008 at 10:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

freeman-been there done that. kid had roto last yr.
calivol-got your back!!!
can you guys imagine morley AND berry at both the safeties!!! WOW!!! anybody heard anything on the status of brandon warren???

Posted by IPOrange on January 20, 2008 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just what I was thinking, rootin4volz. Morley has a rare opportunity to have a positive influence on these younger players who made a serious blunder last week. I hope Demetrice has a "heart to heart" with those guys. It could be good for the whole team. Congrats, Demetrice. I'm glad to have you back wearing orange. Let this experience make you a better and stronger person (it seems as though it already has).

dfreeman, I hope all goes well with your son. I know that must be frightening to you and your family.

On a side note, these returning players will add talent to the team but will not be reflected in the recruiting group. Keep that in mind as we analyze the upcoming recruiting class.

Posted by ctownvol on January 20, 2008 at 11:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dfreeman- Keep us informed.

Posted by johnlg00 on January 20, 2008 at 11:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As much potential as Morley has on the football field, his new-found maturity, self-discipline, and determination may be his greatest gifts to next year's team. I wonder how many of us could have done what he has done under his circumstances. Best of luck to you, young man! Thanks for being a Vol--again, and forever!

Posted by TommyJack on January 20, 2008 at 11:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dfreeman: Good luck with the lad.

Posted by BallantyneVol on January 20, 2008 at 11:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Demetrice, way to go when kicked off the team last year I thought you were finished as a Vol. Your hard work and dedication should be an inspiration to the team..

Posted by pmidude56 on January 20, 2008 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

DMO...look forward to seeing you back in Orange this Fall. Best of luck with your college career AND your new son.

Posted by AllanO444 on January 20, 2008 at 12:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What year will he be next year? A junior?

Posted by IPOrange on January 20, 2008 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Not sure about this AllanO, but I think he was a freshman last year, meaning he would be returning as a sophomore. Maybe someone who knows more can enlighten us on his returning status.

Posted by IPOrange on January 20, 2008 at 12:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Correction - Morley was a sophomore in 2006, so he should be a junior next year.

Posted by dfreeman on January 20, 2008 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks everyone!! I will ctownvol!!

Posted by Alphafemale on January 20, 2008 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Best of luck to you DM!!!!! Sometimes God works on us to build character and to motivate us. So many of your peers would have just given up...

Posted by tenndave on January 20, 2008 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Young man became a man. Offenses should fear a man with a misson. He now plays for his son and a better life. Don't mess with his part of the field. He was good before but look out now.
Go Vols.

Posted by johnsoncityvol45 on January 20, 2008 at 1:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here is wishing you the best DM! I hope you have learned a great lesson. Use that lesson and your son as fuel for the rest of your life. There is more to life than football. Thats a lesson that some of the people who post comments on this site need to learn! Good luck

Posted by cjraney on January 20, 2008 at 1:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Congrats on fatherhood and working your way back to UT. Keep your responsibilities as a Dad #1 and everything else will fall into place.

Posted by DennisVols on January 20, 2008 at 2:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So many times we only hear of the bad about athletes, last weekend for example. It is good to see this young man has made the most of a 2nd chance and appears to have gotten his life in order.
2nd opportunties are few and far between for most of us.
Congrat.s to DM on everything. Looking forward to seeing him wearing the Orange this spring and fall.

Posted by newtonrail on January 20, 2008 at 2:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Plasticman, I can post your name too but choose not too. I wish all of these were public posts. I wasn't surprised post got deleted because of one word which has been in dictionaries forever. For those who read the original post it said basically" best wishes to Mr Morley on and off the field." It said nothing directly about his son. I " attacked Dave Hooker's style of writing about recruits, where he moves the child story front and center." Have to be careful what I say or Dave or Phil will hit delete again. My comments, and I stand by them, that recruiting articles should stick to football, and not over blow that one area Hooker has a tendency to dwell on. It was NOT MORLEY's morals. There are other forums if people want to do that. I had a very, very, close relative who had a child out of wedlock, so if that had been my purpose it WOULD have been somewhat disingenuous.

Posted by Phowell23 on January 20, 2008 at 3:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Welcome back Morley. I proud you are a VOL and can't wait to see you on the field again. It's not about what you have done in the past but what you do going forward. He made a mistake and paid the price for it but he fought through the rough time and got himself back into school. Whether you dislike him or not you cannot spin it any other way. Go VOLS!

Posted by TommyJack on January 20, 2008 at 3:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

newtonrail: You're trying to put another spin on your first post. In was obvious what the intent was. Don't try to weasel out now and say the point was about articles sticking to football.
You even admitted you would probably get busted.
You're spinning like a top, bro.

Posted by txsvol on January 20, 2008 at 3:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thought of Demetrice and Deion when I opened this attachment. I hope that it transmits:
BabiesandFathers.wmv from 207.46.8.121
Enjoy! Go, Future Vols! SAVol

Posted by txsvol on January 20, 2008 at 3:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Didn't, so that it's 'clickable' and showable.' SAVol

Posted by pdhuff on January 20, 2008 at 3:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

dfreeman - Went thru similiar deal with son only about 35 yrs ago. Dr put him on a IV for 3 hrs and brought him on home. You brought back memories. He's now, 6'1", 225 church deacon, ME with engr firm in Nashville. It'll work out.

Morely's story could be movie stuff if he'll stay on the tracks. Attack the message not the messenger. No more "blunt" surprises, to be blunt. Please.

Posted by abrown on January 20, 2008 at 4:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Blah, blah, blah. Anyone can talk about redemption. The challenge is to be a mature person at heart, but still be ferocious like a wreckless young bull. We'll see what Morley does, but the verdict is not in yet. So quit talking until you've done something.

Posted by abrown on January 20, 2008 at 4:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I actually just read my own comments, and they are not exactly accurate or what I intend to put forward. I said Demetrice "hadn't done anything yet." That is not true, He has done penance to those that he let down. He has gotten back into school and on his ball team. He has taken on the huge responsibility of a child. So he has done quite a bit. What I really meant was, don't consider that an end game. You're redemption is new and short in duration. Let's see you keep being this sort of man, and keep the lessons you've learned for the long haul. Many soundbite resurrections were born out of a momentary burst of inspiration, but Demetrice -- raising a child, keeping it between the ditches and keeping that strong spirit -- these things are a marathon. This is somewhat about feelings, but it will also be about choices and self discipline. Good luck.

Posted by utmdm on January 20, 2008 at 5:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

dfreeman,

Any update? It is rough to see young ones have to get the IV. Went thru that 4 or 5 times with my 2. Hope he is better.

Posted by BallantyneVol on January 20, 2008 at 5:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey losers how about we just stick to football... nobody cares about your hypocritical views on morals. Hopefully we all have a love for ut football so let's just focus on that.

Posted by marc_ash on January 20, 2008 at 5:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

WONDERFUL. This is what growing up is all about. Now imagine people if he had been given 2,3,4, 5 chances to "get his life together". WHAT A JOKE!

I'm tired of excuses and hearing that "college is a place to make mistake after mistake after mistake. Moreley is a MAN. A true man. He made a mistake and was throw on his butt. He didn't cry, whine or complain or feel sorry for himself...he drove his car back to Tennessee...worked hard....went to JR college and now has a chance!

I can't be more proud of this hard work. Great job Morley, you are what it's all about. Hard work, and no excuses. Congratulations young man, you earned it!

Posted by marc_ash on January 20, 2008 at 5:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Newtonrails comment was deleted before I could read....I often wonder if it isn't better to leave stupid comments up so everyone can read them...as to know who the negative people are on this site.

Posted by utmdm on January 20, 2008 at 5:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

marc-ash, In this case it needed to go. The B word was used and while I do not think it was intended to be directed directly at Morley's family, it came across with that tone.

Posted by murrayvol on January 20, 2008 at 7:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

newtonrail: Sometimes the best thing to do is just shut up and move on.

Posted by murrayvol on January 20, 2008 at 7:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

invisible: Good post @10:49.

dfreeman: I've been there and done that. No fun at all. Best wishes for the boy!

And for Morley a second chance. Take advantage of it young man. Lots of talented people don't get them.

Posted by philfan on January 20, 2008 at 8:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Glad to have you back at UT, Demetrice Morley.

Posted by dfreeman on January 20, 2008 at 9:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, finally returned again from Hospital! They gave him a second shot of Rocephin. If he can keep liquids down (tall order), he'll stay out of the hospital. They gave him 400 (don't know the unit name) of IV fluids to take care of his dehydration and his fever and vomiting have slowed a little. I appreciate everyones concerns, he seems to be responding well!! It was funny, his doctor was a BAMA fan and his nurse is a GA fan! The second day I had him dressed in orange and white!! Again thank you everyone!!

Posted by VolsorCat on January 20, 2008 at 9:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I vote for letting Demetrice talk to recruits about what football at UT means to him and what he has had to do to get back. While he is at it, maybe a conversation with Paige, Jones and Brimfield (3 stooges) would help.

Dfreeman: Been there and done that. No fun, but glad everything is looking better.

Posted by utmdm on January 20, 2008 at 10:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

dfreeman, good to hear. Hope he continues to improve.

Posted by KingsportVol on January 20, 2008 at 11:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

dfreeman awesome news.Glad little man is doing better.Keep your eye on the Doc and the nurse.Have a good night.Go Big Orange!!!

Posted by newtonrail on January 21, 2008 at 12:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

murrayvol, you are right, the cowards way out would be to slink away and " shut up" as you said. The problem is The KNS edited my post against D. Hooker. No one will remember now, but allusions to child where I used the common word was in Bold Quotes. At least one other phrase was in in Caps and Quotes to indicate non malicious intent. Fellas, if you wanna call that spin, go ahead, because I'm still not backing off Hooker's over use of aforementioned subject. And no I won't bring it up again. If Hooker reads this he knows, and I would suggest he use his spell check on first draft of story. If I'm wrong, my skin is thin. I said in the deleted story and previous one, I'm proud of Mr. Morley and taking care of child. That wasn't the point. Hooker is. Spin away. My skin is thick when I'm right, and the only thing I would do over would be to leave out the "common" word. Enough said. Fire away.

Posted by norrisr on January 21, 2008 at 5:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Congratulations! There's nothing that warms my heart more than seeing an abject failure turn himself into a success. I, too, did the same thing, and have flown very high since then. I can only hope Demetrius flies as high as I have and enjoys the trip half as much. I think he will. Good work young man!

Posted by hglover40 on January 21, 2008 at 7:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Check out this quote from Morley -

(On any additional motivation after sitting out last season) “It motivates me a lot. Missing last season was tough. I bleed orange. I’m a Vol and I want to finish a Vol. There were no other choices; I wanted to be here. I’m excited and ready to get things going.”

I wonder why a kid from Miami would have such dedication to UT. Maybe playing in front of 100,000 fans can be a addictive.
I think Morley deserves a standing O when he takes the field for the first time next year!

On the field these guys are like superhuman, but these type stories makes a fan realize that they really are just young people who will make mistakes. These stories gives me more appreciation for the guys who play the game.

There are times when I don't want to hear these kinds of stories: DURING A GAME. When the guys calling a game go on and on and on about the off field stories, you can barely watch the game. Musburger does it; I can barely listen to a game he is calling.

Posted by DingoVol on January 21, 2008 at 10:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Does anyone have an update on Brandon Warren? I watched him play last year at FSU and he is the real deal. I know we are loaded with Tight Ends, but no one will beat him out if he is eligible.

Posted by cmoore7 on January 21, 2008 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Awesome news for Demetrice. I was dismissed from the university after my freshman year. Had to work my way back at Pellissippi(without a child, albeit) into UT, graduated and am in law school now. As a non-student/athlete, it was extremely depressing/motivating to not be a part of the student body during the fall semester. I can't imagine how difficult it was as a former starter to see/hear/smell the orange all around from the kitchen of Calhoun's. The "General's House" will explode if #20 goes pick-six on Tebow next year.

Posted by hueypilot on January 21, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You stick by your guns newton. You have as much right to say what you think as anyone else on this site. It is what it is, and it is troubling to me that so many kids are born outside of marriage today. For anyone to say that is a good thing flies in the face of all the statistics that are out there about one vs. two parent families. I can't believe they deleted your post. We are adults here, and I don't think the use of the word bastard got your post clipped. I think you were adjudged poltically incorrect. We'll see if they censor this post for the use of the same word.

Posted by pdhuff on January 21, 2008 at 1:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't let up, Morely. As Tdtn says you're on the right track. Many of us are Tenn Vols 1st and realize Fulmer gets $2mil to oversee things. That includes kudoes and the derailments, also. We'll be Vol fans after Phil is gone as we were before I heard of Phil.

I haven't seen an asst coach in charge of failure only, although some have come close. Lately we have needed one.

Go to class, Morely, keep it up.

Posted by marc_ash on January 21, 2008 at 2:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hglover40,

"I wonder why a kid from Miami would have such dedication to UT. Maybe playing in front of 100,000 fans can be a addictive."

Let me tell you how a kid from Miami can have such dedication to UT....its coaches care.

All of you Fulmer hates take heed!!!

Players love to play for UT because the coaching staff cares about them. They love these guys and want whats best for them. I'm sure Fulmer gave Morely the opportunity to come back if he got his ducks in a row. Unfortunately, most spoiled athletes think they are owed something and ride off into the sunset without working to try and come back.

Fulmer was good to welcome Morley back because he paid his price. He is now a man, and worked hard to get back.

So, the next time a naysayer has something negative to say about the coaching staff, remember...these young men want to play for them and the Vols. Appreciate what you have in Knoxville folks...we are lucky to have Fulmer in Knoxville.

Posted by realestatequeen on January 21, 2008 at 8:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey Newton you need to step ouside that glass house into the "REAL WORLD" where people make mistakes and learn from them and seize the opportunity to turn a negative into a positive. Pretty obvious here who is the bigger and better man. Demetrice get out there and kick some booty in all aspects of life. You've already proven your a fighter.

Posted by dfreeman on January 21, 2008 at 10:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you TDTN!!

Posted by voll123 on January 22, 2008 at 12:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How does a guy sling out babies when he's living in a car? I don't wanna be riding in the back seat of that wagon. If it had been a girl, would he have named her "Caprice"?

Posted by pdhuff on January 22, 2008 at 7:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

vol123 12:57 a.m. -5 STAR post- Morley to his credit still had time for procreation as his recreation.

We all pray that he will continue to stay the course for himself and his son. Some life trials carry a much higher toughness rating than others. This one will stay with him a lifetime.
Upward bound, Morley.

Posted by vol4jesus on January 22, 2008 at 8:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

voll123 that was supposed to be cute right? Crass not cute...inappropriate comment on something you and I don't know and don't need to know.

Posted by vol4jesus on January 22, 2008 at 8:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

pd missed your apparent jab at Young Mr. Morleys foolish adventure into outside marriage carousing. I appreciate the remainder of your post. We all make mistakes(yes even me) that we/I regret having done. Thanks to Gods "Amazing Grace' I'm forgivin and have peace about those sins. Thanks for the ability to ask for forgiveness of those I've offended. Mr. Morely look to Christ to guide you and your son and the mother as well. We will watch to hopefully see you carry on and mature on and off the field.

Posted by hueypilot on January 22, 2008 at 9:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well Newt, guess it wasn't the word, it was just the sentiment. Tho some have characterized your words as harsh here, it is a fact that out of wedlock births approach 70% among blacks, vs mid 20% among whites. Having served as a guardian ad litem for kids who are predominately born into fatherless homes,(so far all of them black out of more than ten cases I've handled) I see first hand and know of many more of the results of this out of wedlock pattern. There are consequences to these actions and little human beings are the direct result. Sadly taking responsibility for these little human beings often gets short shrift. This is not to say that young Morley won't wind up being a responsible father, but right now, there is no legal contract, i.e. marriage, that requires him to do so. Of course, paternity can be proven, and Morley can be required to provide support, if he doesn't do so voluntarily, but most of the parents of my clients don't have daddies with NFL in their future. Can't go after them unless the attorney will get his cut and so many just skip out and father more children. My wife as an inner city school teacher told me of an 18 year old boy in the neighborhood who bragged about fathering six children, sort of like Travis Henry,or Tom Brady without the seven figure NFL paycheck. It is tragic that this has become a behavior that is viewed as acceptable, by some on this thread, and in large segments of our society.

Posted by voll123 on January 22, 2008 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

vol4jesus,
I take it all back. I understand now....if a guy is living in a car, i guess he can't afford a condom.

Posted by pdhuff on January 22, 2008 at 10:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Holy man, 8:19 a.m. the only thing missing is part of your nose after jabbing it into my kudoes to vol123. All are welcome.

Posted by voll123 on January 22, 2008 at 11:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Really though, I'm curious as to how one slings out pups when he is living in a car. So you take your future baby momma out on a date....then you ask her if she wants to go back to your place. She APPARENTELY says yes. What do you do? Just pull over? When was the last time he showered? Also, maybe a little off topic..is a chevy caprice a two or four door? If two door, do the front seats lay back pretty far?

Posted by vol4jesus on January 22, 2008 at 11:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Classless and clueless un-voll123 in your not-so-cute little story. pititful...enough already. pdhuffthemagicdragon happy with the magic dust. Throw it don't snort it. Might make you type things you did not intend.

Posted by voll123 on January 22, 2008 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

OK, I looked it up, and it depends on the year. Even in the 1981-85 Caprice Classic coupe version, it still looks like it has a pretty big back seat. Would definately be a gas guzzler though and with the price of gas, I can now see why he couldn't afford a condom, vol4jesus.

Posted by vol4jesus on January 22, 2008 at 12:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You just don't get it....actually you do. You are just pulling my chain man. I know you can't be that rude and insensitive/childish really.

Posted by voll123 on January 22, 2008 at 12:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I was thinking....before my wife and I got pregnant, we got rid of a bunch of stuff and turned the guest room into a baby room.....crib, etc. Painted the walls, the whole deal. What do you think Morley and baby momma did? Did they top off the gas tank? Run it through a car wash? Just curious

Posted by voll123 on January 22, 2008 at 12:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And since you don't care to contribute to the conversation, vol4jesus, some guy on the basketball convo was wanting to ask you about tickets: http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2008/jan/...

Posted by bflynn2 on January 23, 2008 at 2:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Raw dog Morley, time to grow up you wanta be gangster. Hope you burned one on monday to represent.

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