KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee quarterback Brent Schaeffer and receiver Bret Smith were suspended indefinitely from the team
Monday, a day after they were charged with hitting a student who was arguing with Schaeffer's girlfriend in a dormitory.
The players were arrested at a dorm where many athletes live.
They were charged with misdemeanor assault and released on their
own recognizance Sunday after the early-morning fight at another
dorm. Their arraignments are set for April 18.
Coach Phillip Fulmer suspended the players, who will miss the
remaining two days of spring practice this week and the annual
Orange and White game Saturday.
"They made a bad social decision and were poor representatives
of our team," Fulmer said in a statement Monday.
Part of Schaeffer's actions was caught on tape by a video camera
in the dorm lobby, University of Tennessee police said.
According to an affidavit campus police filed in court, student
Quantavios Emerson was arguing with Schaeffer's girlfriend about
her cell phone Sunday when Schaeffer hit Emerson in the neck.
The affidavit also said Schaeffer and Emerson grabbed bats but
dropped them before hitting anyone, and Schaeffer then picked up
Emerson from behind and threw him down. Emerson struck his head on
the floor and was then hit by Smith, the report said. Emerson
needed four staples to close a cut on his head, authorities said.
Contacted in his dorm room, Emerson said he was doing OK but
wasn't ready to comment. Schaeffer's lawyer didn't immediately
return calls, and Smith could not be reached.
Last season, Schaeffer became the first true freshman to start
at quarterback in a Southeastern Conference opener since 1945. He
and freshman Erik Ainge were considered co-starters until both were
injured. Schaeffer, who broke his collarbone in October, was trying
to regain the starting job this spring with Ainge and senior Rick
Smith led all receivers last year as a sophomore with five