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Tennessee dismisses freshman quarterback Kaidon Salter

Salter’s Tennessee career ends before it starts.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at West Virginia Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Just five months after arriving on campus at Tennessee, Kaidon Salter is no longer a Volunteer. The former four-star, top 100 overall quarterback out of Texas has been dismissed after two off-field incidents this year.

Salter was one of four football players involved in a dorm room incident on campus back in March. After working to earn his reinstatement on June 1st, Salter was arrested again last weekend for simple possession. That was strike two for the freshman quarterback, coming directly after working his way back from strike one.

Josh Heupel had seen enough. He dismissed Salter from the team on Thursday morning, ending his time in Knoxville. The former top quarterback recruit committed to Jeremy Pruitt and his staff at Tennessee, but stuck with the Vols through the coaching change. His raw tools, including athleticism and a big arm, seemed like a nice fit in Heupel’s spread system. Unfortunately for everyone, we’ll never get to see that.

Tennessee is left with sophomore passer Harrison Bailey, junior Brian Maurer, and transfer quarterbacks Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton. Heupel already has a commitment from 2022 four-star quarterback Tayven Jackson.