Tim Jordan dismissed from Tennessee football following May arrest on gun, drug charges

Mike Wilson
Knoxville News Sentinel

Tim Jordan is no longer a member of the Tennessee football team, coach Jeremy Pruitt said Thursday.

Jordan was arrested on gun and marijuana charges after a traffic stop in late May in his home county in Florida, records show. Jordan faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia and possessing 20 grams or less of cannabis. 

Pruitt commented for the first time on Jordan's status Thursday during a Zoom call.

The concealed carry charge Jordan faces is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

The would-be senior was arrested shortly before 5 a.m. on May 30 in Lakeland, just north of Bartow, Florida.

Officers reported smelling cannabis after pulling Jordan's vehicle over for driving erratically and speeding. A search of the vehicle turned up a small bag containing about 9.25 grams of marijuana, as well as a scale and several small plastic bags, according to the warrant. Jordan told the officers he was carrying a handgun in his back pocket without a concealed carry permit, according to the warrant. 

Jordan appeared in 12 games as a junior. He was third on the team in rushing with 428 yards on 104 carries. He scored one touchdown and also had six catches for 46 yards.

The Vols return senior Ty Chandler and sophomore Eric Gray at the running back position. Chandler led UT with 655 yards on 135 carries in 2019 with three touchdowns. Gray led the Vols with four touchdowns. He was outstanding in the regular-season finale against Vanderbilt, then capped the season with a strong Gator Bowl performance.

“We have plenty of guys that are very capable," Pruitt said. "Start with Ty Chandler, he is a guy that has played a lot of ball here. Eric Gray will be in his second year. Carlin Fils-aime is a guy that was a running back early on in his career, we moved him (to defensive back) and he suffered an injury last year. He is a guy who has experience. Tee Hodge and Jabari Small and Len’Neth Whitehead, guys that we signed that are in here and working.

"We have guys there at that position that will get an opportunity. We have confidence in those guys.”

Pruitt indicated that there has not been any other roster attrition this offseason.

News Sentinel reporter Blake Toppmeyer contributed to this report

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