Report: Vol Wide Receiver has Transferred off Roster

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    According to a report, another Vol has elected to transfer off Tennessee’s football roster.

    David Ubben of The Athletic reported on Saturday morning that rising redshirt junior wide receiver Latrell Williams has already left UT’s roster and has enrolled at Independence Community College. If the name of that junior college sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the focus of the Netflix show “Last Chance U.”

    Williams spent three years at Tennessee but never recorded a single reception. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound receiver joined the Vols as part of their 2016 signing class and was a borderline three-star/four-star prospect. He had a lot of speed and a lot of promise when he joined Tennessee late in the 2016 cycle after then-head coach Butch Jones hired Larry Scott away from Miami to coach tight ends for the Vols.

    Unfortunately for Williams, injuries prevented him from ever really contributing.

    Williams suffered a leg injury that held him back early in his Tennessee career, and he dealt with nagging ailments even after that. His initial injury kept him from regaining a lot of the explosiveness he had in high school, and he never contributed on offense or special teams for Tennessee.

    The former Columbia High School standout appeared in two games in his UT career. He made an appearance in 2017 against Georgia Tech and played in one game for the Vols this past season.

    Williams is the fourth Vol to transfer off the roster this offseason. He joins quarterback Will McBride, cornerback Marquill Osborne, and tight end Eli Wolf as players to transfer off UT’s roster since the end of the 2018 season. Linebacker Quart’e Sapp declared early for the 2019 NFL Draft, and both linebacker Austin Smith and offensive lineman Drew Richmond have put their names in the NCAA transfer portal but have not chosen a transfer destination as of yet.

    The Vols will now enter spring practices with 10 scholarship wide receivers, including early enrollee Ramel Keyton.

    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.