KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Junior safety Stephen Griffin is no longer with the Tennessee football program, according to team representative Ryan Robinson.
Griffin, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Charlotte, N.C., played in 11 games last season, starting one at Vanderbilt on the heels of a career-high four-tackle game in the Vols win over Vanderbilt.
Projected to be a reserve again this season, Griffin played special teams for Tennessee last season in games against Texas A&M, Alabama and South Carolina.
As a 3-star prospect in 247Sports’ composition rankings when coming out of South Mecklenburg High School, Griffin was one of several defensive backs who was injured last season. He had ankle problems.
Tennessee started 11 different combinations in its secondary as a result of the injuries, which included preseason All-SEC pick and starting cornerback Cam Sutton.
The Vols are also missing incumbent Micah Abernathy and backup safety Evan Berry this spring, both of whom are recovering from injuries from last season.
Griffin, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, is seeking a situation where he can get more playing time.