The Tennessee Vols received some good news on Friday afternoon.

Vols pass rusher Tyler Baron exited the NCAA transfer portal just a day after entering it.

It was expected that a few UT players would hit the transfer portal after the Vols’ bowl game.

Longsnapper Will Albright and running back Dee Beckwith entered the transfer portal on Thursday. Neither of those names were surprises.

Baron hitting the portal, however, was a bit surprising.

The former four-star recruit has developed into a key leader for Tennessee’s defense under head coach Josh Heupel. He seems like a guy that’s completely bought in to this staff.

Baron’s father, Patrick Abernathy, resigned as the Vols’ director of player personnel last month. That likely had a lot to do with Baron entering the portal on Thursday (the feeling is that Abernathy was let go because of things that happened under previous head coach Jeremy Pruitt).

It’s inevitable that players are going to hit the transfer portal. That’s just the current state of college football. But losing a player like Baron — someone who is expected to be one of the Vols’ best defensive players in 2022 — would’ve been a major loss for Heupel.

Losing Baron would’ve also killed some of the good vibes heading into the off-season. Tennessee is supposed to be addressing depth concerns this offseason, not losing starting players.

Fortunately for the Vols, it appears that Baron is going to stay in Knoxville to finish his collegiate career.

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