Vols tight end hits transfer portal

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    Redshirt freshman tight end Jackson Lowe has entered the transfer portal, David Ubben of The Athletic reported on Wednesday afternoon.

    Lowe is no longer listed on Tennessee’s online roster.

    The Cartersville, Georgia native came to Knoxville by way of Cartersville High School in as a 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end prospect in the Vols’ 2019 signing class. According to 247Sports, Lowe was a four-star recruit in 2019 and the 12th ranked tight end prospect in the state of Georgia and the 341st rated player in the country that year.

    In 2019, Lowe redshirted and did not appear in any games for Tennessee.

    Lowe leaves a Vols tight end group that doesn’t have a ton of experience ahead of the 2020 season. Redshirt senior Austin Pope returns as the most experienced player at the position having appeared in 13 games a season ago while starting in 11. Pope had four receptions for 21 yards as a redshirt junior, but garnered a reputation as strong blocker for the Vols last season.

    Pope underwent back surgery during the offseason and it is unclear if he will be ready in time for Tennessee’s season opener at South Carolina on Sept. 26.

    With the loss of Lowe, the rest of the Vols tight end room includes redshirt junior Princeton Fant, redshirt sophomore Jacob Warren, redshirt freshman Sean Brown and redshirt senior Jordan Allen.

    Fant appeared in eight games in 2019 while Warren appeared in five. Allen, a JUCO transfer that joined Tennessee in 2018, played in nine games as a backup outside linebacker during the 2018 season but sat out last season with an injury. Allen moved to tight end in the spring.

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