Report: Vol Defensive Lineman Enters Transfer Portal

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    Tennessee’s defensive line enters the 2019 season with a lot of questions, and the depth looks like it will be taking a hit right before the start of fall camp.

    Redshirt freshman Kurott Garland has reportedly put his name into the NCAA transfer portal according to Matt Zenitz of

    Garland joined Tennessee as part of their 2018 signing class out of Conyers, Georgia. He played for Heritage High School and was a class 6A Second Team All-State Defensive Lineman. Garland was a late addition to UT’s 2018 class shortly after Jeremy Pruitt took over as head coach and was scouring all-star lists for some unheralded yet talented prospects.

    As a senior, Garland amassed 125 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks for Heritage. In his last two years of high school, he totaled 251 tackles, 24.5 sacks, and 65 tackles for loss.

    Garland appeared in four games for the Vols last season, but he didn’t register any stats and redshirted.

    The 6-foot-3, 304-pound lineman can still take his name out of the transfer portal and remain at UT, but entering his name into the portal this late into the offseason doesn’t bode well for his chances of remaining with the Vols.

    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.