ATHENS, Ga. — Tennessee junior cornerback Justin Martin lost his starting job against Florida, and now he’s lost his spot on the roster.
Martin didn’t make the trip with the team for today’s 3:30 p.m game with Georgia, as he has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules according to a team spokesman.
The No. 11-ranked Vols (4-0, 1-0 SEC) had already determined that true freshman Baylen Buchanan would be getting his first career start opposite of of Emmanuel Moseley.
Martin lost the trust of the coaching staff when he committed a personal foul on the opening kick of last week’s 38-28 win over Florida, and followed that up by getting beat on a 51-yard pass play.
CBS sports sideline reporter Allie LaForce said that UT coach Butch Jones grew very upset with Matin on the sideline after the Gators drove and took a 7-0 lead at Neyland Stadium.
According to LaForce, Jones said to Martin: “You cost us seven points that means you need to get your head back in the game.”
Tennessee is already missing preseason All-SEC Cornerback Cam Sutton, who’s expected to miss several weeks with a fractured ankle.
Jones indicated earlier this week that linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin might also be missing on account of the shoulder strain he suffered against Ohio and appeared to re-injure early in the Florida game.