Tennessee defensive back Bryce Thompson was back on the practice field on Wednesday after being reinstated by the program. Thompson missed each of Tennessee’s first two games of the season as a result of his suspension, but it remains unknown just how soon Thompson may be rejoining his teammates in a game.
Head coach Jeremy Pruitt released a statement confirming Thompson is being allowed to practice but did not announce when Thompson will be used in a game again.
“As university processes have progressed relating to Bryce Thompson, we’ve all taken this situation very seriously,” Pruitt said in a released statement. “I believe Bryce can grow by following the plan the university has put in place for him. As a result, I am allowing him to return to practice.”
Tennessee suspended Thompson indefinitely on Aug. 26 following an arrest for alleged domestic assault. Thompson was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault following an incident in which Thompson allegedly threatened a woman and made a verbal threat to “shoot up the school.” Thompson denied making any such threats. He is currently scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 23, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Thompson earned Freshman All-American honors last season after recording 34 tackles and three interceptions for the Vols. He also forced one fumble and recorded four tackles for a loss with one sack. His return to the defense comes as the Vols are looking to get a win under their belts. Tennessee lost each of their first two home games against Georgia State (HERE) and BYU (HERE), with the defense being just one of the concerns in each loss.
Tennessee hosts Chatanooga this weekend.
Tennessee has suspended defensive back Bryce Thompson indefinitely after he was arrested on charges of domestic assault, the program announced Monday.
“We hold our student-athletes to a high standard,” said Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt. “The safety of all students is our first priority here at Tennessee.”
Thompson was arrested Saturday night after witnesses heard him tell his girlfriend, “I am going to slap the (expletive) out of you,” according to a University of Tennessee Police Department report.
Witnesses also told police that Thompson said he was going to “shoot up the school.”
Thompson has denied making any threats against the woman or the school.
He has been charged with misdemeanor domestic assault and since released on bond, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
A native of Irmo, S.C., Thompson was a Freshman All-American in 2018, recording 34 tackles with three interceptions, 10 passes defended, one forced fumble, four TFLs and one sack.
One of Tennessee’s best defenders spent the first Saturday night of college football in jail instead of watching a division rival on TV.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, starting defensive back Bryce Thompson was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor domestic assault and allegedly made threats against the school during an altercation. As a result, he was jailed overnight before being released on bond early Sunday.
Per the paper:
Thompson and a woman got into an argument around 8 p.m. Saturday in Stokely Hall on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus, according to court records.
Thompson reportedly told the woman he would “slap the (expletive) out of you.” Two witnesses told police they heard him threaten to “shoot up the school,” according to an arrest warrant.
The woman in question reportedly had been in a longterm relationship with the sophomore, who also damaged some property in the area.
A court date has been set already for Sept. 3 — just a few days after the Vols’ Aug. 31 opener against Georgia State at Neyland Stadium. The school said they were still in the process of gathering information and had not determined Thompson’s status for the game but that is likely coming well before kickoff.
Assuming the matter keeps Thompson out of the lineup, the team will need to find a replacement for a corner who garnered several freshman All-America honors after picking off three passes and starting 10 games in 2018.
It has not been the sharpest half of football for the Auburn Tigers, but the home team finds themselves up 17-13 against a Tennessee team looking to score an upset this afternoon. The Tigers lost two turnovers, the second of which quickly led to a game-tying touchdown at the time, but a big touchdown play of their own has given Auburn the lead after one half of play.
Bryce Thompson‘s interception of Jarrett Stidham early in the second quarter led to a game-tying touchdown by the Volunteers five plays later. Jarrett Guarantano completed a 42-yard pass to Ty Chandler for a touchdown./
Auburn wasted no time opening the scoring in the game by driving down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession, but the Vols responded with a field goal on the ensuing possessions. Auburn added to their early lead with a field goal on their next offensive series and remained up by seven when the special teams blocked Tennessee’s second field goal attempt.
Tennessee’s defense came up with a big play with the Thompson interception but the defense got burned by the speed of Anthony Schwartz on Auburn’s next possession late in the second quarter. After catching a short route, Schwartz broke a tackle and took off down the right sideline for a blazing fast 76-yard touchdown.
Stidham has passed for 182 yards, 76 of which came on that long touchdown catch and run by Anthony Schwartz, his lone catch of the game. Tennessee has managed to hang around but still has to capitalize a little bit on any opportunities given to them by Auburn in the second half. This one is still anyone’s game, but the Vols have struggled to win these types of battles.