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Tennessee Freshman Quarterback Dismissed From The Program

A closeup of a Tennessee Volunteers football helmet.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Tennessee Volunteers before their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tennessee Volunteers freshman quarterback Kaidon Salter has been dismissed from the team.

“Kaidon Salter has been dismissed from our football program,” Tennessee said in a statement, per GoVols247. “We wish Kaidon and his family all the best in his future endeavors.”

The program's decision came after the former top-50 recruit's second off-field incident in just his first few months on campus. Salter was arrested for the possession of marijuana over the weekend, just after he was released from a two-month suspension for his involvement in an incident at an on-campus residence hall back in March.

Salter's first residence-hall incident took place when he and several of his teammates were involved in an alleged assault and burglary. He and the other players were arrested and charged with drug possession, but Salter's charges were later dropped. Suspended for the entirety of spring practice due to this incident, Salter never got the chance to participate in a single practice for Tennessee.

The freshman's second offense over the weekend occurred during a routine traffic stop in the early hours of the morning on Saturday. Pulled over for alleged faulty taillights and a tinted plate cover, Salter was reportedly found in possession of four grams of marijuana.

Coming out high school in Cedar Hill, Texas, Salter was rated as the No. 6 quarterback and No. 47 overall recruit in the nation. The 4-star prospect got plenty of Power Five looks before ultimately committing to play for the Vols in May of 2020.

With veteran Power Five transfers Hendon Hooker (Virginia Tech) and Joe Milton (Michigan) coming into the program this year, Salter would've had his work cut out for him in a QB battle this summer. Returning sophomores Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer also round out the Vols' packed quarterback depth chart.