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SEC Freshman Defensive Lineman Kicked Off The Team After Arrest

An upper deck view of the field at Neyland Stadium.

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of Neyland Stadium before the start of a game between the UCLA Bruins and the Tennessee Volunteers on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

An SEC freshman defensive lineman has been dismissed from the program following his arrest.

Tennessee announced this morning that redshirt freshman defender Ryan Thaxton, who was arrested last week on charges of false imprisonment and domestic assault, has been dismissed from the Volunteers' program.

The Associated Press has details on Thaxton's arrest.

"University police say Thaxton was arguing with his girlfriend that night when he insisted she come with him to his dorm room. Police say the woman refused but Thaxton pushed her toward the room, picked her up and carried her inside," the AP reports. first reported the news of Thaxton's dismissal.

Thaxton was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class. He was ranked the No. 40 defensive end in the country by 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

Tennessee opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against West Virginia.