Tennessee boots freshman QB Kaidon Salter

Tennessee dismissed freshman quarterback Kaidon Salter from the team after his second off-field incident.

“Kaidon Salter has been dismissed from our football program,” Tennessee said in a statement issued Thursday. “We wish Kaidon and his family all the best in his future endeavors.”

Out of Cedar Hill, Texas, Salter was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2021 and ranked as the No. 18 QB in the nation by the 247Sports composite.

Salter was arrested by campus police in Knoxville for simple possession of marijuana on Saturday, just three weeks after returning to the Volunteers from a previous suspension.

Four Tennessee players — Martavius French, Isaac Washington, Aaron Willis and Salter — were suspended in March. On March 9, French, Washington, Willis and a 17-year-old (not identified due to his age) were arrested on charges of simple possession and drug paraphernalia.

Salter issued a public apology on social media following that incident.

Salter was competing to be the starter for Tennessee this season under new coach Josh Heupel. Returning quarterbacks Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer, as well as transfer Hendon Hooker, are on the spring roster.

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