Tennessee Football Dismisses OLB Ryan Thaxton After Arrest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has removed outside linebacker Ryan Thaxton from the team, following his domestic assault arrest.

The news was first reported by Jesse Simonton at, who covers Tennessee sports and then confirmed on Monday by the school’s athletic department spokesman Zach Stipe.

Thaxton, a redshirt freshman, was arrested July 15 after a reported argument with his girlfriend led to him being arrest on charges of false imprisonment and domestic assault.

According to a police report, Thaxton allegedly shoved his girlfriend down when she refused to go with him to his dorm room.

The report continued that the defensive lineman then carried his girlfriend inside the room and blocked the doorway when she tried to leave.

The 19-year-old was initially suspended from all team activities, Tennessee officials said.

Thaxton didn’t play a single game as a freshman last season.

“The first thing is we spend once a week in a wellness class about how to treat the opposite sex, drugs, alcohol, weapons,” first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt said on VolQuest.

“We all are very aware of what went on, and obviously we suspended the guy the other day.

“We’re not going to condone it. We’re not going, you know, tolerate it.”

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