Report: Tennessee DB Puts Name in Transfer Portal

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    According to a report, another Tennessee player has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

    Per Patrick Brown of 247Sports, redshirt sophomore defensive back Terrell Bailey has entered the transfer portal. Bailey can still remove his name from the portal and return to the team if he doesn’t choose another school to go to.

    Bailey did not play in Tennessee’s 38-30 loss to Georgia State on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound defensive back only appeared in four games in 2018, though he didn’t register any stats. Bailey didn’t appear in a single game in 2017 and used that as a redshirt year.

    The New Orleans native joined the Vols as part of their 2017 signing class. Bailey was a consensus three-star prospect out of John Ehret High School.

    Bailey wasn’t listed on Tennessee’s depth chart at cornerback prior to the Vols’ match-up with Georgia State on Saturday, and he wasn’t on UT’s Week 2 depth chart either.

    The decision to transfer for Bailey marks the third Vol in the last month to put his name in the transfer portal.

    Former four-star prospect Maleik Gray transferred to Mississippi Gulf Community College during fall camp. Gray, who saw time at both defensive back and wide receiver at Tennessee, wasn’t in line for any major playing time this upcoming season.

    The other Vol to put his name in the transfer portal is now back with the team.

    Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Kurott Garland entered the transfer portal right before the start of fall camp, but he elected to stay on the roster and rejoined the team just a little over a week before the start of the 2019 season. Despite sitting out all during the spring due to injury and missing most of fall camp while sitting in the portal, Garland played quite a bit in Saturday’s season opener against Georgia State, seeing the field for about 20 snaps.

    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.