If running back Bryce Brown chose to return to Tennessee, senior linebacker Nick Reveiz said he thought the team would welcome him back with open arms.
Brown, who backed up Montario Hardesty last season as a freshman, didn't take part in spring practice under new UT coach Derek Dooley and is expected to transfer. But there has been no closure.
Dooley has never said Brown couldn't return to the team. And there has been no announcement of a transfer.
Reveiz, one of UT's most prominent team leaders, is as uncertain as everyone else about Brown's status.
"I was wondering about that yesterday," Reveiz said Friday. "I tried to call him when I found out he was leaving, but I couldn't get in contact with him.
"I've heard whispers that maybe he would come back. I don't know where his mind is at. But if he wanted to come back, we would have open arms."
Doley said earlier that Brown's return would be contingent on his teammates accepting him.
Brown would have to give his teammates something in return, according to Reveiz.
"He has missed a lot of practices, a lot of workouts," Reveiz said. "He obviously would have to make that up.
"He would have to work hard. Nothing would be given to him."
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