By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee will start preseason practice Tuesday without some members of its highly touted freshman class.
Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday that freshman wide receiver Preston Williams and offensive lineman Zach Stewart wouldn’t be available. Jones said Williams is awaiting NCAA certification and that Stewart is delaying his enrollment. Stewart’s mother died in May.
Williams, rated as a five-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout, was one of the most heralded players in a recruiting class ranked in the top five by multiple services. Jones said Williams’ NCAA situation is an “ongoing process” and had no time frame on his potential return.
Tennessee’s freshman class already had lost two members when receiver Jocquez Bruce and tight end Kyle Oliver left the program.