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Tennessee DB Enters Transfer Portal

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Tennessee’s secondary just got a little thinner over the weekend.

Redshirt sophomore defensive back Brandon Davis took to Twitter to announce his intention to transfer away from UT’s football program, saying that he will enter the NCAA transfer portal.

“I would like to thank my family and friends who’s been with me throughout my journey I’m on and continuing to be on,” Davis wrote. “I would also like to thank the coaches (who have) helped me throughout my years at UT! I will be entering the transfer portal and reopening my recruiting process.”

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound defensive back joined the Vols as a three-star prospect out of New Orleans in the 2018 signing class, Jeremy Pruitt’s first as Tennessee’s head coach. Davis starred at John Curtis High School before coming to UT.

As a freshman, Davis redshirted in 2018 and did not appear in any games. He saw the field against UAB as a redshirt freshman during the 2019 season, but he did not record any stats.

Back in March, right before the beginning of spring practice, Davis suffered a gunshot wound in his leg while at the Uptown Bar & Grill on Cumberland Avenue.

The officers who arrived on the scene reported that they searched the bar and did not find any shell casings or blood, nor were they able to locate anyone inside the bar that heard the gunshot. One officer reported that they overheard people say Davis shot himself in the leg.

Davis’ father refuted that accusation in an interview with RTI, however.

“Brandon has never had any interest in guns,” Davis’ father said. “Growing up, he’s never touched one, never played with toy guns, nothing.

“There’s no way in hell he shot himself.”

The Knoxville police have never publicly released any additional details on the investigation.

Davis still has three years of eligibility remaining but will likely have to sit out a year if he transfers to a school in the FBS ranks.

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