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Defensive end Deandre Johnson earns removal of his helmet stripe

Freshman defensive end Deandre Johnson, one of five early enrollees for the Vols, was rewarded with the removal of his black helmet stripe after last Saturday’s scrimmage. Johnson stepped up after Jonathan Kongbo was hurt, and Kendal Vickers and Darrell Taylor took it upon themselves to remove Johnson’s “rookie” stripe. Johnson is a 6-3, 235 defensive end from Miami, Florida and a 3-star recruit in this year’s class, according to 247.

Highly-touted offensive tackle Trey Smith also had his stripe removed last Saturday.

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