Keenan Pili has made it official, the Tennessee linebacker will run it back in 2024.

Pili’s return will be a big boost for a Vols defense, which missed him this season after the former BYU linebacker joined the Vols this past offseason but appeared in just 1 game, the season opener against Virginia.

Pili suffered an upper body injury that proved to be season ending.

Pili was a 2-time captain at BYU. He finished 2022 as the Cougars’ 2nd-leading tackler and collected 62 tackles with 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack and a forced fumble.

Overall, he’s played in 37 career games with 25 starts, including one start and one appearance with the Vols … He’s made 194 total tackles – 97 solo – with 11 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and four pass breakups during his entire collegiate career.

He graduated from BYU in December 2022.

Pili originally entered college football in 2016 but took 2 years away from football to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Orlando.