Vol Quarterback Announces Decision to Transfer

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    Tennessee’s quarterback room just got a little bit smaller on Wednesday night.

    Sophomore quarterback Will McBride announced on Twitter late Wednesday night that he is planning to transfer off the Vols’ football roster. He said in a statement on Twitter that he has decided “it’s best for me to transfer from the University of Tennessee.” He added that he will always “appreciate the memories” and the “relationships I built” at Tennessee.

    McBride, who hails from League City, Texas, joined the Vols as part of their 2017 signing class. He was once committed to Memphis, but he flipped to Tennessee late in the 2017 cycle and ended up signing with the Vols. He was a consensus three-star prospect in the 2017 cycle.

    In his first season with Tennessee, McBride filled in for Jarrett Guarantano against Southern Miss once Guarantano was knocked out with an injury. McBride would then start against Missouri the following weekend, completing 16 of his 32 passes for yards 139 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions while also running the ball 14 times for 63 yards in the Vols’ 50-17 loss.

    This season, McBride didn’t appear in any games for the Vols and ended up getting leapfrogged by true freshman JT Shrout on the depth chart in the final few weeks of the season.

    McBride finishes his Tennessee career throwing for 152 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions while completing 17 of his 40 pass attempts in two games. He also ran 18 times for 70 yards.

    McBride has not named a transfer destination as of yet.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.