Kenneth George Jr. to return to Tennessee football in 2021
Cornerback Kenneth George Jr. is returning to Tennessee football in 2021 after a career season, he announced Friday on Instagram.
"I feel it's only right that I return to Tennessee for my final season as I continue to pursue the goal of being the best player I can possible be," George wrote. "There is so much more I have to learn about the game, and I wouldn't want to learn it anywhere else but Tennessee."
George had a career-best 25 tackles and six pass breakups as a senior in 2020. He played in eight games and made four starts as a redshirt senior.
He will be a sixth-year senior in 2021.
George is the second Vol to indicate he will be back in 2021. Wide receiver and kick returner Velus Jones Jr. announced Monday he will be back.
Neither George nor Jones will count against UT's limit of 85 scholarship players, because the NCAA announced in August that players who were seniors in 2020 could return for another season without counting against a team's scholarship limit.
George has played in 25 games and made 10 starts for UT after spending two years at Trinity Valley Community College.
Bryce Thompson, Tennessee's best defensive back in 2020, announced Tuesday he is entering the NFL draft and forgoing his senior season.
George and senior Alontae Taylor return the most experience at cornerback for the Vols. Taylor has played in 32 games, with 18 starts in three seasons.
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