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Tennessee edge rusher Byron Young eligible against Tennessee Tech

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Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel said edge rusher Byron Young will debut against Tennessee Tech after sitting out the first two games due to NCAA eligibility issues. 

Young attended Gulf Coast Prep Sports Academy in Alabama, where he played in September 2017. The school folded in the fall of 2018. Young’s eligibility questions stem from his time at GCPSA.

Young, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, earned a spot at Georgia Military College through an open tryout. He excelled and earned offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee, among others.

He could be a key addition for UT’s defense heading into the Tennessee Tech (0-2) game on Saturday (noon ET, SEC Network+/ESPN+) and the ensuing SEC schedule.

The Vols (1-1) have made four sacks, including two by defensive linemen Tyler Baron and Da’jon Terry, one by linebacker Jeremy Banks and one by defensive back Theo Jackson. 

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“(Young is) a guy who has grown a bunch in our program. He has added 25, 30 pounds to his frame since I arrived here in late January, early February,” Heupel said. “Through training camp (and) spring ball, he has been a really good pass rusher off the edge. 

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