Tennessee played without Byron Young, a JUCO defensive end/outside linebacker, in Thursday’s 38-6 win over Bowling Green, and after the game, coach Josh Heupel offered an update on his status.

“Do expect him back,” Heupel said. “We’re working through the NCAA eligibility process with a previous school that he attended after high school. We’re working through that process currently.”

At issue, Heupel explained, is something that goes back 3 years to a prep school he attended in 2018 between graduating high school and attending Georgia Military College. Young finished up at Carvers Bay High School in Hemingway, S.C., in 2017 and played some for Gulf Coast Prep Sports Academy near Mobile, Ala., in 2018 before the prep school closed.

Even though he didn’t see any action, Young was listed on the depth chart released earlier in the week at defensive end, and instead was replaced by Roman Harrison.

When he arrived at Tennessee, he was considered the No. 1 weakside defensive end and No. 11 overall junior college player by 247Sports by way of Georgia Military College, and a top 20 junior college player according to the 247 Composite.