KNOXVILLE — Tennessee doesn’t necessarily make announcements when players leave the team, they just quietly leave them off the roster.
That was the case on Tuesday, when the Vols released an updated roster at the team’s second fall practice and a trio of reserves were nowhere to be found.
The players no longer on the roster are senior receiver Cody Blanc, senior tight end Joe Stocstill and junior receiver Jay Rochelle.
Blanc and Stocstill are no longer with the team, while Rochelle will be added back when the team expands the roster from 105 to 120 players.
Blanc was a fifth-year senior who starred at Knoxville’s Central High School before injuries plagued his time in college. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Blanc finished his career with one catch for 43 yards against Alabama in 2013.
Stocstill was a 234-pound tight end from Lewisburg, Tenn., who spent much of his career on special teams. He had a 10-yard kick return against Vanderbilt off a squib kick.
Rochelle, from Duluth, Ga., appeared in three games last season as a sophomore and did not record a catch.
Vols coach Butch Jones has said more than once this fall that he only had 11 seniors on the roster, and on Tuesday, the official release of the roster revealed the identity of that group.