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Charges dismissed against Tennessee lineman Darel Middleton

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton no longer faces charges of domestic assault and public intoxication stemming from his arrest in February.

Middleton faced a date in Knox County General Sessions Court in August, but the misdemeanor charges have been dismissed, attorney Gregory P. Isaacs confirmed Friday.

Middleton was arrested early Feb. 29 after fighting with a friend. The arrest warrant said Middleton shoved his girlfriend twice as she tried to break up the fight, and she scraped a knee. Middleton announced later he was seeking alcohol counseling.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound senior is a junior college transfer. He started six of 13 games with 28 tackles in 2019, his first season with the Vols.