Tennessee’s updated football roster released Tuesday morning ahead of the first spring training saw a few notable absences. No defensive lineman Aubrey Solomon neither defensive Fields of Tyus were listed on the Vols’ first official roster in 2022. Although no players entered the NCAA transfer portal this offseason according to sources, GoVols247 learned that Solomon and Fields were not with the team since coming together to start off-season work in late January.
A former five-star prospect transferred to Tennessee from Michigan in January 2019, Solomon played just four games last season. He was a super senior playing the extra season offered by the NCAA giving all players a free year in 2020, but given he had a redshirt available and appeared in less than four games, Solomon could have played a sixth. season in 2022, although it is unclear if his football career will continue. Fields, a former four-star prospect from the Charlotte area, has appeared in two games in 2021.
Other absences from Tennessee’s updated list include players who have entered the transfer portal in the past two months: Dee Beckwith and Marcus Pierce Jr. (walk-on), wide receiver Andison Coby (West Michigan), athletes Kaemen Marley and Trinity Belloffensive linemen K’Rojhn Calbert (Eastern Kentucky) and Chris Akporoghene.
Solomon’s only appearances in the 2021 season for the Vols have been against Tennessee Tech, Florida, Missouri and Alabama. He had six tackles, including a half tackle for loss, against the Golden Eagles. He added two tackles in the fourth quarter against Alabama to finish the season with eight saves.
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound defensive tackle played two seasons at Michigan, entering the rotation as a rookie in 2017 and finishing with 18 tackles and two tackles for loss in 13 games (three starts). Injuries limited him to just five games in 2018 and he left Wolverines after the season. The Leesburg, Georgia native tapped into recruiting relationships he had with several assistant coaches on the Tennessee staff at the time and chose the Vols over Georgia.
Solomon had his best season in 2019, when he started nine times in 12 games and finished with 28 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery. He had six tackles in his debut against Georgia State and picked up his first sack against Mississippi State. Solomon had his best game against UAB (four tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery) and when he was on the field he was a solid run defender.
In the 2020 season, Solomon, ranked 30th overall in the player and 3rd in defensive tackle in the 2017 class by 247Sports, started six of Tennessee’s 10 games and had 17 tackles with a rushing quarterback.
Fields, a former Top247 prospect ranked No. 241 overall and No. 25 cornerback in the 2019 class, recorded two tackles in seven career appearances over three years with the Vols. His only appearances last season were against Tennessee Tech and South Carolina. Fields only played one game (Vanderbilt) in 2020 and earned a four-game redshirt as a rookie, when he tackled for loss against Chattanooga and his other tackle was against Missouri.
Tennessee continues spring training Thursday morning.