Freshman QB Kaidon Salter Dismissed From Tennessee

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Kaidon Salter was supposed to be the future quarterback for Tennessee. Whether in 2021 or beyond, there were high hopes for the four-star freshman out of Cedar Hill, Tex. Instead, it looks like he’ll have to try and continue his career elsewhere.

On Wednesday, broke the news that Salter had been dismissed by Tennessee after yet another off the field incident.

The young quarterback was recently arrested on misdemeanor drug charges after police found marijuana on Salter and his teammate, Amari McNeil, during what has been described as a routine traffic stop this past Saturday.

Dan Harralson with Vols Wire confirmed the news through a statement from Tennessee.

Kaidon Salter has been dismissed from our football program. We wish Kaidon and his family all the best in his future endeavors. –Tennessee Athletics

According to Harralson, Salter was driving the vehicle that was pulled over for 1) not having taillights and 2) having a tinted cover over the vehicle’s license plate. McNeill, a three-star offensive tackle from Tennessee’s freshman class, was the passenger.

This isn’t the first incident with Salter either.

Back in March, he was charged with simple possession and unlawful drug paraphernalia after an incident at Stokley Hall on campus. That forced him to miss spring practice, but he had since worked his way back to participating in team activities.

Now Salter’s career as a Vol appears to be over before it could even get started.

With his dismissal, the Tennessee quarterback room now includes Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker, Michigan transfer Joe Milton, Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer. It’s still not a bad group, but those involved with the program believe Salter had the talent to have a bright future in Knoxville.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. This is such a shame. I am a football recruiting intern for Syracuse football, so I watch a lot of film. This kid was really talented and definitely the type of player that could have helped the Vols immediately win. Hopefully he can get his act together and this is the wake up call he needs.

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