During a virtual press conference last week, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt revealed that rising senior running back Tim Jordan was no longer with the Vols following an arrest in his home state of Florida in late May. Now, Jordan’s name appears to be in the NCAA transfer portal.
According to a report from GoVols247, Jordan’s name is in the transfer portal. Jordan has one year of eligibility remaining and still has a redshirt available if needed for whatever team he transfers to.
Jordan was dismissed from UT’s roster following an arrest on gun and drug charges in Lakeland, FL just outside his hometown of Bartow in the AM hours of May 30th.
Per the arrest report, two Lakeland police detectives on patrol claimed they saw a vehicle speeding and repeatedly swerving into the bicycle lane. The officers stopped the vehicle and reportedly smelled “a strong odor of cannabis emanating from inside.”
Jordan was behind the wheel of the vehicle, and a 17-year-old male was in the passenger seat. The teenage passenger’s name was removed from the warrant.
After being pulled over, Jordan reportedly told officers he had a gun in his back pocket but did not have a concealed carry permit. The handgun was a Ruger LP pistol and was loaded and unholstered in his back pocket. Inside the vehicle, the officers reportedly found a small bag containing 9.25 grams of marijuana along with a scale and several other empty plastic bags.
The rising senior running back faced charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia, and possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana.
The 5-foot-11, 219-pound back joined Tennessee as part of the Vols’ 2017 signing class. He appeared in all 12 games as a freshman in 2017 and made a small impact. In 2018, Jordan finished second on the team with 522 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 132 carries while adding 12 receptions for 116 yards, appearing in all 12 games and making two starts. This past season, Jordan appeared in 12 of UT’s 13 games and made four starts, totaling 428 yards and a score on 104 attempts while also catching six passes for 46 yards.
In his Tennessee career, Jordan totaled 1,002 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 247 carries while catching 26 passes for 227 yards in 36 games.
Tennessee returns three scholarship running backs from last season and welcome in three new faces from their 2020 signing class at the position. Seniors Ty Chandler and Carlin Fils-aime are the veterans of the group, and sophomore Eric Gray returns after a phenomenal finish to the 2019 season. Freshmen Len’Neth Whitehead, Tee Hodge, and Jabari Small are all newcomers to the roster.