Flurry of Vols enter the NCAA transfer portal

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    Tennessee sophomore linebacker Henry To’o To’o, sophomore linebacker Quavaris Crouch, sophomore running back Eric Gray and redshirt senior offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson have all entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports Wednesday evening.

    To’o To’o departs following two seasons on Rocky Top. He played in 23 games and made 22 starts during his career as a Vol. To’o To’o led the Vols with 76 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss as a sophomore this past season.

    He had one of the finest freshman seasons of any defensive player in the country in 2019, earning Freshman All-America honors from several organizations. His 72 tackles in 2019 ranked second among SEC freshman and fourth among FBS freshman. To’o To’o was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after racking up five tackles for loss, a half-sack, two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery on the season.

    To’o To’o signed with Tennessee out of national powerhouse De La Salle High School in Concord, California as a top-50 recruit and one of the top five linebacker prospects in the country.

    Gray also departs after two seasons. He has played in all 23 games and made five starts since arriving at Tennessee. Gray led the team in rushing and had the second-most receptions on the team as a sophomore in 2020. He scored 10 total touchdowns in his last 12 games dating back to the 2019 season.

    He finished his freshman season with back-to-back dazzling performances, combining for 366 total yards and four scores against Vanderbilt and Indiana. His 246 rushing yards against the Commodores is the most ever by a true freshman in Tennessee history. Gray recorded the second-longest rushing touchdown in program history and the 10th-longest in SEC history on a 94-yard run in the second quarter against Vanderbilt.

    Crouch also departs after two seasons with the Vols. He played in 23 games and made 11 starts while also lining up at running back in short-yardage situations at times.

    This past season, he started all 10 games at middle linebacker, finishing third on the team with 57 tackles while also recording three quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Crouch tied a career-high with 11 tackles in the season finale against No. 5 Texas A&M. That performance was a week after he had seven tackles and a career-high two tackles for loss in a win at Vanderbilt.

    Crouch appeared in all 13 games with one start and finished with 28 tackles, including one TFL and a half-sack. He was one of North Carolina’s top prospects when he signed with the Vols as a four-star recruit who graduated high school early and enrolled at Tennessee. Crouch starred at running back and linebacker at Harding University High School and was selected to play in the 2019 All-American Bowl. He was the 2017 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year.

    Johnson, who joined To’o To’o and Crouch in the transfer portal, played in 24 games and made 17 starts during his time at Tennessee, seeing action at both guard and tackle. He played in seven games and made five starts, all at left tackle this past season after battling injury to appear in six games with one start as a redshirt junior the year prior in 2019.

    The Philadelphia native started in 11 games in 2018 – all at left guard — after signing with the Vols out of junior college. Johnson arrived from Arizona Western where he was ranked as an ESPN JUCO top-50 recruit after being named a NJCAA First Team All-American in 2017.