WATE reported on Sunday morning that Tennessee Vols sophomore defensive back Bryce Thompson was arrested on Saturday evening on a domestic assault charge.
Sophomore cornerback Bryce Thompson was arrested and released from jail overnight, after an altercation around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson and a woman were arguing at the Stokely Hall Dorms on campus.
Thompson was overheard threatening her, and a witness saying he threatened to, “Shoot up the school.”
The responding officer also says damage to the building was seen, with a gate ripped from it’s hinges.
This obviously doesn’t look good for Thompson, though it’s important to note that judgement must be reserved until all the facts are in place.
For now, there is a real possibility that Thompson will miss at least Tennessee’s season opener against Georgia State.
If that’s the case, then true freshman Warren Burrell would likely be inserted into Thompson’s starting spot.
Fortunately for the Vols, Burrell’s had an outstanding fall camp.
Pruitt recently praised Burrell for his toughness and mentioned that the Georgia native has good ball skills.
We know Pruitt isn’t afraid to play true freshmen at the cornerback positions. He did it last season with Thompson and Alontae Taylor. I think Burrell could slot in against Georgia State in week one without the Vols’ defense suffering too much.
But if Thompson faces a lengthy suspension, then Tennessee’s defense will certainly feel the effects. Burrell is a talented player, but he’ll eventually hit a bit of a “freshman wall”.
We’ll see how this situation plays out in the coming days, but at the moment it’s certainly a concerning development for the Volunteers.
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