I can't resist providing the following comment and references, even though it is likely not really relevant to the (already old by now) original post.

*Quick background:* Let $k$ be a field of char. $p>0$ and let $G$ be a(ny) group.
Serre proved [Invent. Math. 116 (1994), no. 1-3, 513--530] that if $V$ and $W$ are finite dimensional, semisimple $kG$-modules and $$(\dim V - 1) + (\dim W -1) < p$$ then $V \otimes_k W$ is a semisimple $kG$-module. (The argument is quite nice - one reduces to alg. closed $k$, and replaces $G$ by a certain algebraic group
over $k$ whose identity component is reductive. One then has to argue that $[G:G^0]$ has order prime to $p$, so one is reduced to consideration of connected reductive $G$. And that case is handled by some "weight combinatorics" and the linkage principle.)

In a subsequent paper [Semisimplicity and tensor products of group representations: converse theorems. With an appendix by Walter Feit. J. Algebra 194 (1997), no. 2, 496--520] Serre proved some "converse theorems". For example, he shows that
$$V \otimes_k W \quad \text{semisimple} \implies V \ \text{semisimple if $\dim W \not \equiv 0 \pmod{p}$}$$
Examples (due to Feit, and included in the paper) show that one can't get rid of the assumption on $\dim W$.