Names who are missing from Tennessee’s spring roster

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    The Tennessee football team will hit the football field on Thursday afternoon, as it kicks off spring practice 2021. As the team was working through winter workouts, some were hoping that two linebackers would make their way back onto the football team, even though they never left the transfer portal.

    Henry To’o To’o and Quavaris Crouch are not on the official Spring roster for the Vols, after months of speculation and re-recruiting by the new Tennessee staff. The one player that the coaching staff thought could be part of this roster was Crouch, who was working out with the team up until early March. The linebacker from North Carolina had been a part of team activities and even the Vol-Leaders program for parts of the winter.

    As for To’o To’o, that has been a completely different story. The Vols LB has been on the West Coast for the Winter semester, taking classes online, as he tried to work out his future plans. As the new staff started to settle into Knoxville, it became apparent that they would have to recruit Henry back to East Tennessee. To’oto’o has been connected to Alabama for some time now, but seemed to keep thinking of returning to Knoxville.

    It’s a never-say-never world right now in college football, as Tennessee looks to stabilize their roster with the guys that are currently on campus. If Henry decided to show up on campus in the near future, then the staff will address it. But you cannot have a few players hanging over your head, especially for a new staff. If you let it continue, Josh Heupel will be pestered with questions every day when it comes to the potential return of the two linebackers.

    In a few other moves, Shawn Shamburger and Deangelo Gibbs were not on the Spring roster for Tennessee as well, as they both dealt with problems dating back to last season. Ramel Keyton is back with the Vols and has been for all of Winter workouts, after he opted out of the 2020 season.

    For now, you move on and worry about the guys in front of you.

    Trey Wallace is a Knoxville-based journalist who has been covering University of Tennessee athletics since early 2018. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football's biggest stories. His vast social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of Vol Nation's most trusted sources. Wallace was born and raised in Mobile, AL and graduated from the University of South Alabama. He loves the mountains as much as the beach and looks forward to living in East Tennessee for many years to come.