Dec. 20, 2004 wire reports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee senior tailback Jabari Davis will not play in the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M because he failed to meet academic requirements.

Davis, who has seen his playing time decrease dramatically this season, has carried only 18 times for 34 yards. He had 587 yards as a sophomore and 565 last season.

Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer announced Monday that Davis did not meet Southeastern Conference academic requirements for the fall semester.

Receiver Derrick Tinsley and linebacker Marvin Mitchell also were ruled ineligible for the Jan. 1 bowl. However, both players are injured. Tinsley, a senior, was lost for the season when he broke a bone in his leg last month. Mitchell, a junior, missed the entire season after having knee surgery in August.

The Associated Press News Service

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