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Just one day after entering his name into the transfer portal, Tennessee defensive end Tyler Baron has now reportedly withdrawn his name from the portal. The news was first reported on Friday afternoon by Matt Zenitz of On3 Sports.
The sophomore from Knoxville Catholic spent his first two years at Tennessee and is now seemingly staying on Rocky Top.
On Wednesday, On3 Sports reported that Baron had entered his name into the transfer portal. Some of the initial speculation around the move tied in with his father, Patrick Abernathy, who has spent the last eight years on the Tennessee staff but is no longer in his position. Most recently, Baron’s father served as Tennessee’s director of player development.
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Baron was a five-time starter this year for Tennessee in the first four games and the final game in the Music City Bowl. However, Baron did see action in all 13 games for the Vols this year. Additionally, Baron’s year was productive, to say the least. The second-year player accounted for 30 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and four sacks while giving Tennessee a strong pass rush presence from the outside.
Tyler Baron mainly rotated with Byron Young and Roman Harrison as Tennessee’s defensive ends and did a solid job for the most part. For a significant portion of the year, Tennessee was one of the top teams in the country at tackles behind the line of scrimmage. No team achieves that kind of feat without dynamic players rushing the quarterback.
Wednesday’s announcement did also bring the news that Tennessee running back Dee Beckwith and linebacker/long-snapper Will Albright were also entering the transfer portal. As of the time of this publication, both Beckwith and Albright are still in the portal.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 7, 2022