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Former Star Tennessee Defensive Lineman Back In Transfer Portal

Tyler Baron
Tennessee football DL Tyler Baron. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

Former Tennessee defensive lineman Tyler Baron is back in the transfer portal just four months after entered he previously entered the portal and three months after he announced his intentions to transfer to Louisville, 247sports’ Matt Zenitz first reported on Wednesday morning.

It’s been a wild ride for Baron since he entered the transfer portal back in early December. He originally committed to Ole Miss before later de-committing and deciding to go to Louisville. Baron went through spring practice at Louisville before hopping back in the portal to try and find a new home for his super senior season and his final year of collegiate eligibility.

Baron is coming off the best season of his collegiate career, totaling 28 total tackles, six sacks, two pass breakups and a fumble return for a touchdown in the Vols’ win over UConn.

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Over the course of his four-year career at Tennessee, Baron recorded 102 tackles, four pass deflections, 13.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. The Knoxville native played in all four of his seasons at Tennessee and started both his junior and senior season at Tennessee.

Baron isn’t the only former Vol with a wild offseason. Starting safety Wesley Walker has done the exact same thing. He entered the transfer portal in December, originally committed to Ole Miss, flipped his commitment to Louisville and then re-entered the transfer portal after spring practice.

While Baron was one of Tennessee’s top defensive linemen last season, the Vols still have an abundance of returning talent for next season. In fact, Tennessee defensive coordinator Tim Banks said this spring that he believes the Vols could have the best defensive line in the country.

At strong side defensive end, Dominic Bailey and Tyre West are the leaders to step up into bigger roles next season for Tennessee.

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