Jeremy Pruitt announces freshman defensive lineman will use redshirt this season
Elijah Simmons will have an extra year of college football eligibility.
On Wednesday, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt announced that Simmons will redshirt this season, which will leave him with four years of eligibility remaining. Simmons has appeared in two games this season, playing against Chattanooga on Sept. 14 and Kentucky last Saturday.
Although Simmons has played in two games during his first college season, he hasn’t yet recorded any stats.
Prior to the 2018 season, the NCAA changed the redshirt rule to allow players to appear in four games in a season and still use a redshirt. That’s why Simmons will be allowed to use his, and still potentially play in two more games for Tennessee this season.
The Vols have two more games remaining in the regular season — Saturday at Missouri and Nov. 30 vs. Vanderbilt.
“Well, you can play him in four games,” Pruitt told the media. “So, he’s played in two, so he’ll have an opportunity to play in two more. But he won’t play in more than two.”
Simmons was a 3-star defensive tackle recruit out of Nashville. He was the No. 21 recruit from Tennessee in the 2019 class, as well as the No. 47 defensive tackle, per the 247sports Composite ratings.
On Saturday, with Simmons potentially in action again, the Vols will look to beat Missouri, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.