Today has been a busy day for Tennessee’s football team despite spring practices still being two months away from starting.
It was reported this afternoon that starting offensive lineman Drew Richmond is transferring off the Vols’ roster. Now, it’s also being reported that tight end Eli Wolf is putting his name into the NCAA transfer portal.
According to a report from 247Sports,Wolf has entered his name into the new NCAA transfer database. The transfer portal allows players to speak freely to other schools about potentially transferring to them, but that player can return to his original school if he withdraws his name from the database.
Wolf came to Tennessee as a walk-on in 2015 and joined his brother, Ethan, in the tight end room. Eli was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2017 season and played in nine games, earning a start against Georgia Tech in Tennessee’s season opener. This past season, Wolf played in all 12 games and started two contests.
The redshirt junior was one of Tennessee’s player representatives at SEC Media Days in the summer of 2018, and he served as a captain in several games this season. As a redshirt junior, Wolf set career-highs in receptions (5) and touchdowns (1) for a season.
In his four years at Tennessee, Wolf has caught nine passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in 27 career appearances. He can still return to Tennessee if he withdraws his name out of the transfer portal, but with Dominick Wood-Anderson likely to retain his spot as the Vols’ starting tight end and incoming freshmen Jackson Lowe and Sean Brown at the position, Wolf would likely see less playing time in his final year with the Vols than he did this past year.
Wolf will likely be a graduate transfer considering he’s spent four years at UT, and he would be able to play immediately wherever he transfers to if he is, indeed, a grad transfer.