Former Alcoa High School standout JaRon Toney’s football career at Tennessee has come to a close, Vols head coach Butch Jones confirmed to The Daily Times Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s going to enter another phase of his life,” Jones said of Toney. “And he’ll have his degree, very excited for him.

“But also, (I’m) very, very appreciative of what he’s done for Tennessee football.”

Toney leaves the Vols in good standing and is on schedule to graduate this summer. He finishes his career in orange with 28 games played, 10 starts (all on defense), 79 career tackles, 79 rushing yards and 98 kick return yards.

“He’s a great kid, a great player,” Gary Rankin, Toney’s head coach during his time at Alcoa, told The Daily Times. “He went over there and spilled his guts out for them at a time when the program was struggling bad.”

Toney played in all 12 games last year, recording 37 total tackles (25 solo, 12 assists), one tackle for loss and three quarterback hits while splitting time with then true freshman Devaun Swafford at the nickel.

The Vols moved Justin Coleman, who started every game at corner last year, to the nickel during spring camp, making room for Cam Sutton at one corner and early enrollee Emmanuel Moseley at the other.
Toney made six starts in 2013, his redshirt junior season, and finished seventh on the team with his 37 tackles. He was tied for second with six special teams tackles and had a season-high nine tackles in Tennessee’s loss at Missouri on Nov. 2.