Tennessee announces sophomore cornerback Bryce Thompson has returned to practice
Tennessee fans haven’t had much reason to get excited in recent days but those eager to see Bryce Thompson return to the field got their wish on Wednesday.
Tennessee just announced that the sophomore corner will be allowed to return to practice after being suspended indefinitely leading up to the start of the 2019 season. Thompson was suspended following a verbal altercation with his girlfriend in his dorm room, which resulted in some damage to Tennessee property and allegations that the defensive back threatened to “shoot up the school,” according to a police report.
Following that incident, Tennessee suspended Thompson indefinitely from the team but allowed him to stay in school.
After allowing the school to investigate the claims, Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee have now allowed Thompson to return to the football team. Pruitt released the following statement on the decision:
“As university processes have progressed relating to Bryce Thompson, we’ve all taken this situation very seriously. I believe Bryce can grow by following the plan the university has put in place for him. As a result, I am allowing him to return to practice.”
Based on this statement, it’s unclear if/when Thompson will be allowed to play in any games for the Vols.
Thompson was named an FWAA Freshman All-American last season after starting in 10 games and appearing in 12 games for the Vols. During his true freshman season, Thompson led the Vols in interceptions and pass breakups.