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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Tennessee
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  01/23/21 - Key LawrenceFr/2024, Tennessee, 6-1, 200 (DS#2 SS) + More +

  Key Lawrence, Tennessee football's top 2020 recruit, has entered the transfer portal. The Nashville Ensworth product is the fifth Vol to enter the portal since Jeremy Pruitt was fired for cause Monday amid an investigation that revealed sweeping recruiting violations within the football program. Chancellor Donde Plowman called the investigation's findings "stunning" based on the amount of violations and number of people involved. Linebacker Henry To'o To'o, running back Eric Gray, linebacker Quavaris Crouch and offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson entered the transfer portal Wednesday night. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#2 SS) Fr/2024 SS Key LawrenceTennessee
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  01/22/21 - Henry Too TooSo/2023, Tennessee, 6-2, 225 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Two days after the firing of Jeremy Pruitt, several key Tennessee players have decided to leave the program. Running back Eric Gray, offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson and linebackers Henry To'o To'o and Quavaris Crouch all entered the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday, AL.com has learned. It's a massive blow to the Vols roster. To'o To'o, a freshman All-American in 2019, led the Vols with 76 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss this past season. - Birmingham News

(DS#2 ILB) So/2023 ILB Henry Too TooTennessee
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  01/21/21 - Henry Too TooSo/2023, Tennessee, 6-2, 225 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Henry To'o To'o, Tennessee football's star linebacker, entered the transfer portal Tuesday night. To'o To'o joined offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson as Vols in the transfer portal since Jeremy Pruitt was fired Monday. He led Tennessee with 76 tackles and 10 tackles for loss in 2020. He also had a pick-six against South Carolina in UT's season-opening win. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#2 ILB) So/2023 ILB Henry Too TooTennessee
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  01/21/21 - Eric GraySo/2023, Tennessee, 5-09, 205 (DS#24 RB) + More +

  Eric Gray, Tennessee football's top offensive threat in 2020, has entered the transfer portal. Gray posted 1,026 total yards in nine games in 2020 - 772 rushing yards and 254 receiving yards. He is the fourth Vol to enter the portal since Jeremy Pruitt was fired Monday. Gray was unavailable to play against Texas A&M. Pruitt declined to elaborate on Gray's absence, including when asked specifically if it was due to a compliance issue. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#24 RB) So/2023 RB Eric GrayTennessee
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  01/21/21 - Quavaris CrouchSo/2023, Tennessee, 6-1, 235 (DS#17 ILB) + More +

  Tennessee football lost both its starting inside linebackers to the portal Tuesday night. Quavaris Crouch entered the portal shortly after Henry To'o To'o entered. Crouch was the No. 61 prospect in the 2019 class. He played running back and outside linebacker as a freshman before moving to inside linebacker as a sophomore. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#17 ILB) So/2023 ILB Quavaris CrouchTennessee
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  01/21/21 - Jahmir JohnsonrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-4, 300 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Tennessee football offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson entered the transfer portal on Wednesday. Johnson is the first Vol to enter the portal since Jeremy Pruitt was fired Monday. Tennessee fired Pruitt for cause Monday, citing an investigation that revealed sweeping recruiting violations within the football program. Chancellor Donde Plowman called the investigation's findings "stunning" based on the amount of violations and number of people involved. Johnson played in 24 games and made 17 starts in three seasons at Tennessee. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Jahmir JohnsonTennessee
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  01/18/21 - Henry Too TooSo/2023, Tennessee, 6-2, 225 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Tennessee has fired football coach Jeremy Pruitt, two assistants and seven members of the Volunteers' recruiting and support staff for cause after an internal investigation found what the university chancellor called "serious violations of NCAA rules." Chancellor Donde Plowman said Pruitt was responsible for overseeing the program. Tennessee has been conducting an internal investigation since at least the middle of November into allegations of recruiting violations. Also fired Monday were assistant football coaches Brian Niedermeyer and Shelton Felton, four members of the on-campus football recruiting staff, the director and assistant director of football player personnel and a football analyst/quality control coach. The chancellor said the potential NCAA issues involved Level I and II violations with a number of people and incidents. NCAA investigators became more actively involved within the past 10 days. - AP College Football

(DS#2 ILB) So/2023 ILB Henry Too TooTennessee
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  01/18/21 - Big Kat BryantrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-4, 250 (DS#26 DE) + More +

  Less than a week after Auburn's Big Kat Bryant announced he had entered the transfer portal, the senior defensive end has found a new home. Bryant announced Saturday he is transferring to Tennessee for his final season of eligibility. Bryant becomes the second defensive lineman to transfer from Auburn after Daquan Newkirk announced he was leaving for Florida on Thursday. Bryant's decision to transfer to Tennessee will reunite him with former Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who the Volunteers hired as a defensive assistant earlier this week. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#26 DE) rSr/2022 DE Big Kat BryantTennessee
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  01/15/21 - Josh PalmerSr/2021, Tennessee, 6-1, 210 (DS#53 WR) + More +

  Josh Palmer has his sights set on the next chapter of his football career. The senior wide receiver said farewell to Tennessee in an Instagram post Thursday, confirming what has been expected for months - that Palmer would depart for the NFL rather than exercise the option to play an additional senior season in 2021. Palmer is set to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30 in Mobile, Alabama, in an opportunity to showcase his skills for NFL scouts. Teammate Trey Smith, who also is headed for the NFL draft, is also on the Senior Bowl roster. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Palmer was one of Tennessee's top players in 2020, when he caught 33 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns. He came within one reception of matching his single-season career high for receptions despite this season only featuring 10 games. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#53 WR) Sr/2021 WR Josh PalmerTennessee
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  01/15/21 - Darel MiddletonrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-6, 305 (DS#40 DT) + More +

  Vols senior defensive lineman Darel Middleton announced he would use the NCAA's extra season of eligibility in 2021, posting "Let's get back to the top" on Twitter. Middleton played in nine games this past season, amassing 15 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Another Tennessee senior defensive lineman, Matthew Butler, announced Monday that he would be returning to Knoxville. - Chattanooga Times Free Press

(DS#40 DT) rSr/2022 DT Darel MiddletonTennessee
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  01/12/21 - Matthew ButlerrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-3, 291 (DS#24 DT) + More +

  Tennessee football's most productive defensive lineman the past two seasons plans to return for a final year in 2021. Matthew Butler announced Monday that he will play an additional senior season with the Vols. Butler will not count against UT's limit of 85 scholarship players because the NCAA announced in August that players who were seniors in 2020 could return for another season without counting against a team's scholarship limit. Butler joins wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., cornerback Kenneth George Jr. and defensive lineman Darel Middleton as seniors who have declared that they will return to UT in 2021. Another senior defensive lineman, LaTrell Bumphus, also is likely to return. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#24 DT) rSr/2022 DT Matthew ButlerTennessee
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  01/11/21 - Big Kat BryantrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-4, 250 (DS#26 DE) + More +

  Auburn defensive linemen Big Kat Bryant and Daquan Newkirk plan to play college football in 2021; it just might not be as Tigers. Bryant and Newkirk announced Sunday they are entering the transfer portal as they weigh their options for the 2021 season. In entering the portal, both could ultimately return to Auburn for one final season of eligibility or instead suit up for another team come next fall. Bryant graduated from Auburn this December, which means he would be immediately eligible wherever he chooses to play. - Dothan Eagle

(DS#26 DE) rSr/2022 DE Big Kat BryantTennessee
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  01/05/21 - Velus Jones Jr.rSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-0, 200 (DS#74 WR) + More +

  Tennessee's kickoff returner and second-leading receiver is returning for another season of college ball. Senior Velus Jones Jr. announced Monday via Twitter that he will play another season for the Vols in 2021. Jones will not count against UT's limit of 85 scholarship players, because the NCAA announced in August that players who were seniors in 2020 could return for another season without counting against a team's scholarship limit. In his first season with Tennessee as a graduate transfer from Southern California, Jones averaged 22.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns. He also caught 22 passes for 280 yards and had three carries for 16 yards. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#74 WR) rSr/2022 WR Velus Jones Jr.Tennessee
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  01/05/21 - *Bryce ThompsonJr/2021, Tennessee, 5-11, 190 (DS#37 CB) + More +

  Tennessee junior defensive back Bryce Thompson announced his intentions to declare for the NFL Draft Tuesday morning after three years in the program. He made the announcement via personal Instagram account. The cornerback finished his Tennessee career with eight interceptions, 100 tackles, two forced fumbles and two sacks. - WNML, Sports Radio Tennessee

(DS#37 CB) Jr/2021 CB *Bryce ThompsonTennessee
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  01/02/21 - Cade MaysrJr/2022, Tennessee, 6-5, 320 (DS#2 OT) + More +

  One of Tennessee's top offensive linemen will return for another season rather than head to the NFL. Right guard Cade Mays plans to return to the Vols in 2021, a team spokesman confirmed to Knox News on Thursday. Mays, a junior, started seven games this season, his first year with Tennessee after transferring from Georgia. The former Knoxville Catholic High School star made his debut for Tennessee on Oct. 3 against Missouri after receiving transfer waivers from the NCAA and SEC, allowing him eligibility to play this season rather than sit out one season under NCAA transfer rules. He started at right tackle against Missouri before shifting to right guard for his remaining starts. He missed the final two games of the season with a lower leg injury. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#2 OT) rJr/2022 OT Cade MaysTennessee
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