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Kaidon Salter never got to see a third strike.

Two marijuana-related incidents were enough for Tennessee first-year football coach Josh Heupel to dismiss his four-star quarterback signee. Salter was cited for marijuana possession in Knoxville this past weekend, just weeks after being reinstated to the team.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill was suspended throughout spring practice after an alleged burglary at Stokely Hall in early March resulted in marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia charges.

"Kaidon Salter has been dismissed from our football program," Tennessee's athletic department announced Thursday in a statement. "We wish Kaidon and his family all the best in his future endeavors."

According to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, Salter was the No. 18 quarterback in the 2021 signing class and the No. 154 prospect overall.

Tennessee is not lacking for numbers at quarterback. Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer return from last season's 3-7 team, and Virginia Tech graduate transfer Hendon Hooker and Michigan grad transfer Joe Milton are also in the mix.

Hooker went through spring practice along with Bailey and Maurer, while Milton announced his transfer to the Volunteers after the Orange & White game.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

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Tennessee Athletics photo / Kaidon Salter
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