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Pig Howard To Miss Spring Ball

by Dan Harralson
Mar 04, 2014 2:43 PM EST



Friday is the begining of 15 Vol practices, better known as spring ball.
A number of early enrollees will bring a new atmosphere, from a competitve nature, to make Team 118 much more improved from Team 117.
One piece to the puzzle missing will be the team's leading receiver in 2013, Pig Howard.
He is on an indefinite “leave of absence” from the team to deal with personal issues, Vols coach Butch Jones said today.
It is likely Pig will not be back at any point during spring ball. “He’s taking care of some personal matters. There is no timetable set for him to return. There are standards and expectations that must be met at Tennessee, but that’s entirely up to him.
“I think lost in this is the game of life. These are 17- to 22-year-old individuals, and football’s just a small part of it. That’s all I’ll say right now, but he’s not going through spring football, and he’s taking care of some personal issues.”