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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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  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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  06/25/21 - 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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  06/15/21 - 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

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  06/05/21 - Harrison BaileySo/2024, Tennessee, 6-4, 225 (DS#14 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#14 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#132 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#132 CB) rSr/2022 CB Shawn ShamburgerTennessee
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  05/10/21 - DaJon TerryrSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-3, 320 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  It didn't take long for another Power Five program to welcome in Da'Jon Terry once the former Kansas football defensive lineman opted to leave the Jayhawks. Four days after Terry announced he was entering the transfer portal, the athletic young tackle committed on Sunday evening to play at Tennessee. A redshirt sophomore who completed the spring practice schedule with KU, only to transition out of the program just as new head coach Lance Leipold came in, Terry was listed at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds most recently with the Jayhawks. Terry became the first key player on KU's roster to decide to transfer as Leipold came in as the new head coach. Terry was essentially a lock to start on KU's defensive line in 2021 before the sophomore from Meridian, Miss., decided to move on, quickly landing in the SEC. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT DaJon TerryTennessee
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  05/08/21 - Brandon TurnagerSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-1, 186 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Another one of Alabama's backup cornerbacks is set to transfer. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Turnage entered the NCAA transfer portal Thursday afternoon, AL.com has learned. The former four-star recruit was a third-team cornerback during the Crimson Tide's spring game in April after playing in just three games as a reserve last season. The Turnage news comes two weeks after fellow backup cornerback Ronald Williams entered the transfer portal. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Brandon TurnageTennessee
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  05/08/21 - DaJon TerryrSo/2024, Tennessee, 6-3, 320 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  The first Kansas football team coach Lance Leipold leads onto the field in the fall won't include one of his predecessor's most promising young defensive linemen. Da'Jon Terry, who would've been a redshirt sophomore and was a near lock to start at defensive tackle for the Jayhawks in 2021, announced Wednesday his intentions to enter the NCAA's transfer portal and leave KU. Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals when he signed with KU in the Class of 2019, shortly after Miles took over the program, Terry redshirted his first season. In 2020, the big and agile nose tackle emerged as one of the more important players for the program's future, showing flashes of potential and even starting two games as a redshirt freshman on the defensive line. Terry recorded 14 total tackles while appearing in eight games, and also made two sacks. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT DaJon TerryTennessee
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  05/07/21 - JaVonta PaytonrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-1, 180 (DS#146 WR) + More +

  JaVonta Payton is transferring to Tennessee football from Mississippi State, the former Bulldogs wide receiver announced on Twitter on Wednesday. "I was always meant to be home," wrote Payton, who is from Nashville. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Payton caught 19 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown in 2020. He had nine receptions for 147 yards in 2019. Payton appeared in 22 games with five starts at Mississippi State. He attended Hillsboro High before spending the first two years of his college career at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Tennessee offered Payton out of high school and junior college. - The Clarion Ledger

(DS#146 WR) rSr/2022 WR JaVonta PaytonTennessee
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  05/07/21 - LaTrell BumphusrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-3, 290 (DS#116 DE) + More +

  LaTrell Bumphus was arguably Tennessee's best defensive lineman last season before he suffered a knee injury during warmups at Arkansas on Nov. 7. Bumphus made 14 tackles in five games playing defensive end. Tennessee's defensive line was not a productive unit in 2020, when ex-Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt fired defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh after four games. Bumphus should be a staple of an experienced position and one of its better pass-rushing options. - Knoxville News Sentinel

(DS#116 DE) rSr/2022 DE LaTrell BumphusTennessee
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