KNOXVILLE — Tennessee has reinstated sophomore cornerback Bryce Thompson following his indefinite suspension that stemmed from his arrest on a domestic assault charge in August.
Thompson missed the Vols’ first two games. He was allowed to return to practice on Wednesday afternoon. It is not clear if he will be allowed to play on Saturday against Chattanooga.
Coach Jeremy Pruitt issued a statement Wednesday at 3 p.m.
“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 faces a charge of misdemeanor domestic assault for the Aug. 24 incident involving his girlfriend of four years. Witnesses told university police they heard Thompson threaten to “slap the (expletive) out of” the woman.
According to the arrest report, witnesses also said Thompson threatened to “shoot up the school.”
Thompson appeared in court for his arraignment on Sept. 3. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 23.
Two days after the incident Pruitt announced the suspension. It read, in part: “We hold our student-athletes to a high standard. The safety of all students is our first priority here at Tennessee.”
As a true freshman in 2018, Thompson appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts. He made a team-high three interceptions and had 10 passes defended. He had four tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He finished with the highest grade of any true freshman cornerback in the nation according to Pro Football Focus College and was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.