Tennessee defensive end enters NCAA transfer portal

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    Tennessee junior defensive lineman John Mincey entered the transfer portal on Friday, Mincey announced on Twitter. Mincey just completed his third season with the Vols, appearing in 24 career games.

    “First and foremost, I would LOVE to thank GOD for giving me the ability to play the game (of) football and giving me a chance to play it at the collegiate level,” Mincey said in a letter he tweeted out. “Secondly I would like to thank all of the coaches at Tennessee that me (the) player I am today. With that being said and after a lot of consideration, I will be entering my name in the NCAA transfer portal.”

    Mincey signed with the Vols in 2018 and played in five games as a true freshman. He made five tackles and recorded one sack. His first-career appearance came against East Tennessee State in the home opener, as he recorded two tackles. Made three tackles in a win over Charlotte later in the season, including his first-career sack.

    In 2019, as a reserve defensive lineman, Mincey made nine appearances and finished with five tackles, including one tackle for a loss. He had a tackle for loss in a win over Vanderbilt, one tackle at No. 1 Alabama and against South Carolina and made two tackles against UTC.

    Mincey played in all 10 games as a reserve linebacker and defensive lineman this past season. He totaled eight tackles and half a tackles for loss. Mincey made a season-high two tackles at Vanderbilt and made one tackle and half a tackle for loss against Florida.

    Mincey was a consensus three-star recruit who starred for Clinch County High School in Homerville, Georgia. He was considered the No. 795 overall player in the country, the No. 38 strongside defensive end and the No. 79 overall player in the state of Georgia coming out of high school.