It was back in March that Kaidon Salter and Aaron Willis were suspended from the football team, following an off the field incident that landed them in hot water, Now, following a lengthy suspension, they are back with the football team, according to a football spokesman.
Both Salter and Willis are working out with their teammates, and are full participants within the football program. Two of the other players that were suspended, Isaac Washington and Martavius French decided to enter the transfer portal and are no longer part of the Tennessee football program.
It’s been a long few months for both Willis and Salter, as they’ve worked their way back into the program. Both were subject to the student conduct board, while they also dealt with the court system. During a recent interview with head coach Josh Heupel, he mentioned to RTI that the players were doing what was needed to return.
The Vols desperately needed help at the linebacker spot, which Willis will bring. Speaking with folks inside the program, he has continued to workout on his own and study the playbook while suspended, trying to stay current on the Tim Banks led defensive scheme. He will now have the opportunity to earn a spot in the rotation, even though he has a lot of work to catch up on.
As for Salter, he now puts himself into an already crowded quarterback room, especially with Tennessee adding Joe Milton to the mix. But, this does give him the opportunity to be around his coaches and teammates, while learning the offense. We will see what this does concerning the depth chart, though the other QB’s have a huge advantage.
The Vols added two playmakers back to their roster on Tuesday, which will help in many different ways.