Darel Middleton, a senior defensive lineman who mostly plays the designated defensive tackle spot up front, announced that he would not opt out of 2020 but also said he’d be back in 2021, which means he’ll play both seasons despite being a senior this year. The NCAA recently ruled players would be allowed another year of eligibility due to the pandemic.

A junior college transfer in Tennessee football’s 2019 class, Middleton committed to the Vols from East Mississippi Community College, known as Last Chance U, from Scooba, Miss. and is initially a local product out of Knoxville, Tenn., having attended Oak Ridge High School.

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