Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt announced on Wednesday that suspended sophomore defensive back Bryce Thompson will be allowed to return to practices.
Pruitt released this statement on the decision:
“As university processes have progressed relating to Bryce Thompson, we’ve all taken this situation very seriously. 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.”
Thompson, who was named to the All-SEC Freshman team last season, was suspended on Aug. 25 after police were called to the scene of a domestic assault case involving Thompson and an unnamed woman at Stokely Hall.
Thompson was arrested and released the following morning. According to witnesses, Thompson shouted, ‘I’m going to slap the (expletive) out of you,’ during an argument and also threatened to ‘shoot up the school.’
A responding officer with the UTPD also reported that property damage has been done, including a metal gate that had been ripped off the hinges among other damages.
Pruitt did not state whether or not Thompson will play in games.
The Vols host Chattanooga at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.