Josh Heupel Discusses The Absence Of QB Brian Maurer

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    On Tuesday night, Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer posted a caption on Instagram, which ended with him saying “#18Out”. Well, on Thursday, after the Vols completed their first scrimmage of fall camp, each coach Josh Heupel had a brief comment about Maurer, who did not show up for practice on Wednesday and did not participate in the scrimmage Thursday.

    “I had an initial conversation with him at some point a few days ago as far as the reps and how things were going to be divided up,” Heupel said on Thursday.

    When asked further about Maurer, Heupel said there was “no further update on him” but that the staff would “have a conversation with him during the off day here.”

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    KNOXVILLE, TN – April 24, 2021 – Quarterback Brian Maurer #18 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the 2021 Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

    Even though he did not participate in the scrimmage, Maurer walked out of the Tennessee football complex this afternoon with a teammate. However, he is not in the transfer portal as of 1:03 ET Thursday afternoon.

    Maurer threw for 541 yards starting three games for Tennessee in 2019. In 2020, Maurer fell behind Harrison Bailey on the depth chart, and the sophomore attempted just six passes. The Florida native ends his Tennessee career with two touchdown passes and five interceptions.

    We will see where this situation leads, as it wouldn’t surprise me to see Maurer at practice on Saturday, based on previous cases involving the quarterback.

    Trey Wallace is a Knoxville-based journalist who has been covering University of Tennessee athletics since early 2018. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football's biggest stories. His vast social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of Vol Nation's most trusted sources. Wallace was born and raised in Mobile, AL and graduated from the University of South Alabama. He loves the mountains as much as the beach and looks forward to living in East Tennessee for many years to come.