It was a rough period with Tennessee football for Kaidon Salter. A four-star dual-threat quarterback out of Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas in the Vols’ 2021 class, Salter was supposed to be a rising star as an early enrollee.
However, that stardom faded fast, as he ran into multiple off-field incidents. The first was one that also involved Isaac Washington, Martavius French and Aaron Willis. All were held out of spring practice, and Washington and French transferred.
Salter and Willis were then reinstated, but Salter ran into another off-field incident two weekends ago with 2021 offensive line signee Amari McNeill. As a result, Josh Heupel dismissed him from the program, and he subsequently entered the transfer portal. On Saturday, he addressed his departure from Tennessee football on Twitter.
Obviously, Salter did make multiple mistakes, and it’s fair to have opinions on him being dismissed from the team. However, he is right to say he shouldn’t be defined by these mistakes, and although it’s ridiculous he made them twice, we should note that both were minor chargers, and he himself was a minor when one of them happened.
All Vol fans should root for him to be able to land on his feet and find success elsewhere. It makes things easier since UT is probably fine at quarterback for the future. After all, Harrison Bailey was solid in the spring, Joe Milton is about to arrive and Tayven Jackson is committed for elsewhere.
This dismissal could work out for all parties. If it helps Salter improve his decision-making, and if the Vols are still fine at quarterback, everybody wins. It seems a bit excessive after such small offenses, but being within just three months of each other makes it understandable.
Going forward, Tennessee football now just two dual-threat quarterbacks on the roster for this year, Hendon Hooker and Brian Maurer, and two drop-back passers in Bailey and Milton. Jackson will replace Hooker next year, so the options remain.