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  07/15/21 - Velus Jones Jr.rSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-0, 200 (DS#58 WR) + More +

  Velus Jones Jr. and Alontae Taylor will represent Tennessee football at SEC Media Days on Tuesday. The Vols senior wide receiver and cornerback were announced Wednesday as UT's player representatives alongside coach Josh Huepel. SEC Football Media Days will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. The event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was most recently held in July 2019. Jones elected to return after his first season at UT as a graduate transfer from Southern California. Jones averaged 22.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns and also caught 22 passes for 280 yards and had three carries for 16 yards. Jones became a bigger factor in the offense later in the season. Half of his catches came in two games. He had four catches against Florida on Dec. 5 and caught seven passes against Vanderbilt on Dec. 12. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#58 WR) rSr/2022 WR Velus Jones Jr.Tennessee
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  07/04/21 - Brandon TurnagerSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-1, 186 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Tennessee football bolstered its secondary on Thursday night. Alabama defensive back transfer Brandon Turnage went on Instagram to make his pledge to the Vols. He had committed to SEC East rival Georgia before backing off of that pledge, although he never announced he decommitted. Turnage is already listed in the University of Tennessee's student directory. Turnage will be eligible to play immediately after the SEC voted to remove a restriction that forced non-graduate intraconference transfers to sit out one year. A redshirt freshman last season, he has four years of eligibility remaining. He's the second defensive back transfer to join the Vols this offseason, joining Auburn's Kamal Hadden. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Brandon TurnageTennessee
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  07/02/21 - Darel MiddletonrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-6, 305 (DS#40 DT) + More +

  The movement continues on Tennessee's defensive front. Fifth-year senior Darel Middleton, who started six games during the 2019 season and six more last year, has entered the NCAA transfer portal and plans to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere. The 6-foot-7, 305-pounder from Knoxville played in nine of Tennessee's 10 games last season, tallying 15 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, which included a 13-yard sack. Middleton is the Volunteers' second defensive lineman in the last week to enter the portal, with redshirt junior Greg Emerson having done so Saturday.

After attending Powell High School in Knoxville and Oak Ridge High, Middleton continued his football career at East Mississippi Community College. He helped EMCC to an undefeated season in 2018 and to the NJCAA national championship, recording 29 tackles and seven tackles for loss. Middleton was the No. 4 junior-college defensive tackle prospect in the 2019 signing class, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, and his first season with the Vols yielded 28 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and a blocked kick. - Chattanooga Times Free Press


(DS#40 DT) rSr/2022 DT Darel MiddletonTennessee
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  06/26/21 - Greg EmersonrJr/2023, Tennessee, 6-2, 300 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Tennessee football is losing a former starter along the defensive line. Rising junior Greg Emerson entered the NCAA transfer portal on Saturday. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. After redshirting as a freshman in 2018, Emerson started 10 games in 2019, totaling 30 tackles, four for a loss, and two sacks. He took a step back in 2020 in favor of veteran defensive linemen returning from injuries, appearing in eight games as a reserve with just one tackle. The 6-fot-3, 290-pound Emerson signed with Tennessee as a four-star defensive lineman from North Side in Jackson, Tennessee, rated as the No. 5 prospect in the state and No. 136 nationally in the 247Sports Composite. Emerson is the third defensive lineman to enter the portal, joining John Mincey and early enrollee Isaac Washington. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 DT) rJr/2023 DT Greg EmersonTennessee
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  06/26/21 - Kaidon SalterrFr/2025, Tennessee, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Two days after being dismissed from the Tennessee football program, Kaidon Salter is seeking new opportunities. The freshman quarterback entered the transfer portal on Saturday. Salter, 18, was dismissed Thursday following his second arrest since joining the Vols in January. He's facing misdemeanor drug charges stemming from a traffic stop on June 19. Salter was in a car with fellow freshman Amari McNeill when it was pulled over for having no taillights and a tinted license plate. UT Police found a bag containing about four grams of marijuana near the vehicle. McNeill was also arrested, but he has not been dismissed from the team. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2025 QB Kaidon SalterTennessee
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  06/25/21 - Malachi WidemanSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-4, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Tennessee football wide receiver Malachi Wideman announced he was entering the transfer portal Thursday. He only spent one season with the Vols and will have four years of eligibility remaining. A former four-star recruit, Wideman made his announcement in a Twitter post citing his intention to a go to a school where he could showcase his talent on the basketball court as well as the football field. "I am embarking on a future that will allow me to showcase my God-given talents on a solid platform in basketball and football," Wideman wrote. "I will always have love for Tennessee and my fellow teammates, but at this time, God has compelled me to choose another path. I have entered the transfer portal." Wideman's decision comes a week after reports surfaced that he was no longer with the program. He is the latest transfer in the Josh Heupel era following fellow wide receiver Kenney Solomon, who has committed to Tulsa. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Wideman appeared in six games and recorded one reception for 24 yards in a game against Kentucky on Oct. 17. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Malachi WidemanTennessee
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  06/24/21 - Aaron BeasleyJr/2023, Tennessee, 6-1, 225 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  An animal cruelty citation against Tennessee linebacker Aaron Beasley was dismissed at a court hearing on Thursday. His case is expunged and the citation will not appear on any criminal records. "We are happy with the court's decision to dismiss the case against Aaron Beasley," The Bosch Law Firm, the firm representing Beasley, wrote in a statement provided to Knox News. "As defense counsel stated this morning, Aaron maintains his innocence and denies these unfounded and unproven allegations." Beasley was accused of abusing a 6-month old cat in an incident that occurred on March 31, according to the general sessions docket. A police report was filed on April 1 and Beasley was suspended from UT's football program on April 5. He was officially cited for animal cruelty on April 6. Beasley has played in 17 games since joining the program in 2019, amassing seven tackles and forcing one fumble in 2020. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Aaron BeasleyTennessee
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  06/24/21 - Kaidon SalterrFr/2025, Tennessee, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Kaidon Salter never got to see a third strike. Two marijuana-related incidents were enough for Tennessee first-year football coach Josh Heupel to dismiss his four-star quarterback signee. Salter was cited for marijuana possession in Knoxville this past weekend, just weeks after being reinstated to the team. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill was suspended throughout spring practice after an alleged burglary at Stokely Hall in early March resulted in marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia charges. "Kaidon Salter has been dismissed from our football program," Tennessee's athletic department announced Thursday in a statement. "We wish Kaidon and his family all the best in his future endeavors." - Chattanooga Times Free Press

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2025 QB Kaidon SalterTennessee
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  06/22/21 - Kaidon SalterrFr/2025, Tennessee, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The updated tally for Kaidon Salter as a University of Tennessee quarterback is two marijuana-related incidents and zero practice snaps. Salter, a four-star early enrollee from Dallas who was suspended for all of spring practice following a Stokely Hall confrontation in early March, was pulled over early Saturday morning in Knoxville along with three-star offensive tackle signee Amari McNeill. According to university police, Salter and McNeill were stopped for not having their tail lights on, and they admitted to having about four grams of marijuana. McNeill, who is from the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee and arrived in Knoxville for summer workouts, admitted to throwing a bag of marijuana out of the vehicle and was charged with simple possession. Knoxville's WBIR television was the first to report the news. - Chattanooga Times Free Press

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2025 QB Kaidon SalterTennessee
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  06/15/21 - Malachi WidemanSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-4, 200 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Tennessee football's offensive depth took a hit on Tuesday. Sophomore wide receiver Malachi Wideman is no longer part of the program, a UT spokesman confirmed with Knox News. Wideman appeared in six games in 2020, catching one pass from quarterback Harrison Bailey for 24 yards in a 34-7 loss to Kentucky. He will have four years of eligibility remaining with the potential for a redshirt. The Venice, Florida, native signed with Tennessee in 2020 and was the Vols' highest-rated receiver in the class. Earning a four-star rating in the 247Sports Composite, he was the No. 117 overall player in the nation. He outranked fellow 2020 signees Jalin Hyatt, Jimmy Calloway and Jimmy Holiday, though Hyatt made more of an immediate impact. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Malachi WidemanTennessee
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  06/06/21 - Brandon TurnagerSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-1, 186 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  A former Alabama defensive back who announced he was transferring to Georgia may not be a part of the program after all. Brandon Turnage spoke to his high school coach a couple of days ago. "He was just going through some things," Michael Fair, who coached Turnage at Lafayette High School in Oxford, Miss., said Sunday night. "He just said he didn't feel comfortable for some reason." Turnage was expected to compete at cornerback where Georgia lost starters Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell who declared for the NFL draft. He announced via Instagram on May 14 that he was committed to Georgia. Former Clemson All-ACC cornerback Derion Kendrick announced Tuesday he was transferring to Georgia. Turnage Sunday night tweeted out simply: "Relax with the rumors." That came after a UGASports.com report that Turnage left Athens after Kendrick's transfer was known and "more than likely is not coming back." The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Turnage played in three games last season as a redshirt freshman at Alabama with a pass breakup. - Athens Daily Banner

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Brandon TurnageTennessee
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  06/05/21 - Harrison BaileySo/2024, Tennessee, 6-4, 225 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  The University of Tennessee is getting ahead of a landmark NCAA decision. UT has instituted a program with the aim of teaching athletes how to gain value from their Name, Image and Likeness. The NCAA later this month is expected to vote on proposed legislation that would allow athletes to benefit from their NIL. The state of Tennessee recently passed legislation allowing athletes to profit off of their personal business ventures, which is set to go into effect in 2022. In response, the university is developing a set of for-credit courses that will "deliver education related to brand development, marketing, communications/messaging, personal finance/financial planning and several other key elements of NIL maximization."

"Educating our student-athletes is the key to helping them maximize their opportunities relative to NIL," athletic director Danny White said in a news release. "As an institution of higher learning, it was important that our NIL program include a comprehensive educational component. This program assures current and future Vols and Lady Vols that the University of Tennessee is prepared to guide them in effectively managing, expanding and enhancing the value of their personal brands." Tennessee is also partnering with Altius Sports Partners, which will allow the athletes to confer with a number of consultants and professionals from around the nation. - Knoxville News Sentinel


(DS#13 QB) So/2024 QB Harrison BaileyTennessee
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  05/20/21 - William MohanSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-1, 205 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Tennessee football dipped into the transfer portal Thursday to add another linebacker. Michigan transfer William Mohan announced on Twitter he committed to Tennessee. "Starting over a new chapter in life, I want to thank everyone who helped me throughout this process. Thank you God & GO VOLS," Mohan wrote. Mohan is the second linebacker to transfer to UT, joining Texas transfer Juwan Mitchell. He is the seventh player to transfer to Tennessee since spring practice concluded on April 24.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Mohan played in one game and made one tackle for the Wolverines in 2020. Tennessee linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary was the Michigan linebackers coach last season. Mohan was a three-star prospect out of Brooklyn, New York. Tennessee's linebacker corps were depleted this offseason. Starters Henry To'o To'o and Quavaris Crouch entered the transfer portal. Crouch transferred to Michigan State. To'o To'o transferred to Alabama. - Knoxville News Sentinel


(DS#999 SS) So/2024 SS William MohanTennessee
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  05/15/21 - Brandon TurnagerSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-1, 186 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Alabama's most recent transfer has decided to continue his college career at one of the SEC's other premier programs. Former Crimson Tide cornerback Brandon Turnage, who entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, announced on Instagram Friday evening that he will transfer to Georgia. Turnage is a former four-star recruit from Oxford who was ranked as the 11th-best cornerback and 102nd-best overall player in the 2019 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He worked as a third-team cornerback during Alabama's spring game in April. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Brandon TurnageTennessee
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  05/11/21 - Shawn ShamburgerrSr/2022, Tennessee, 5-11, 190 (DS#95 CB) + More +

  The Tennessee football team is officially losing another veteran defensive option. Defensive back Shawn Shamburger announced on Tuesday that he would be entering the NCAA transfer portal. He will have one year of eligibility left. This is Shamburger's second time entering the transfer portal. After announcing he was in the transfer portal Dec. 12, he withdrew his name the next day. Shamburger was not listed on Tennessee's spring roster, and he did not practice with the team. He only played in three games in 2020, missing a large chunk of the season due to academic problems. He started 12 games in 2019 and ranked fifth on the team in tackles 47, 4.5 of which were for a loss. He also had two quarterback hurries, an interception and two pass breakups. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#95 CB) rSr/2022 CB Shawn ShamburgerTennessee
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