Tennessee made it almost the entire offseason without a major off-field incident. But with less than a week from kickoff, bad news came for the Volunteers.
According to a report from WATE 6 in Knoxville, sophomore cornerback Bryce Thompson has been charged with domestic assault following an incident on Saturday night in Knoxville.
According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson and an unidentified woman were arguing at the Stokley Hall Dorms on UT’s campus. Thompson was allegedly overheard threatening the woman, and a witness claims he threatened to “shoot up the school” as well.
The responding officer says damage to the dorm hall building was seen, and a gate was ripped off its hinges.
Thompson was arrested and released from jail overnight after the altercation.
As a true freshman, Thompson played in all 12 games for the Vols and made 10 starts. He was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and was selected to the 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team. Thompson was one of three true freshmen to earn starts in the secondary for the Vols in 2018.
Thompson finished his freshman campaign with 34 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, three interceptions, 10 passes defended, and a forced fumble. He also returned four kick-offs for an average of 25 yards a return.
The sophomore was expected to be a starter again for Tennessee in the secondary, but now his status is in question.
This is a developing story, and we will update with new information as it becomes available.
UPDATE (8-25-19, 11:10 AM EST): More details have been added to the initial report, and UT has issued a statement regarding the incident. All the updated info can be found here.