Tennessee Quarterback Enters Transfer Portal

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    Tennessee QB Harrison Bailey. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

    Tennessee quarterback Harrison Bailey entered the transfer portal Wednesday, On3sports Matt Zenitz first reported.

    Bailey, a former five-star recruit, played in seven games in his two seasons at Tennessee with one of them coming this season. The Marietta, Georgia native completed 48-of-68 career passes for 594 yards, four touchdowns, and two intercepts.

    As a freshman, Bailey played in mop-up duty in games Tennessee was down by multiple possessions before starting the final three games of the season.

    Bailey competed for the starting job this offseason but lost footing to Joe Milton and Hendon Hooker around the halfway point of fall camp.

    The sophomore only earned snaps in mop-up duty against Tennessee Tech this season and Joe Milton was unavailable for that game.

    Entering this summer, Tennessee had five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. The Vols now have just two with the three youngest— Bailey, Kaidon Salter, and Brian Maurer— all entering the transfer portal for different reasons.

    Salter transferred to Liberty while Maurer is still taking classes at Tennessee through the fall semester.

    Hooker and Milton are now the only scholarship quarterbacks on Tennessee’s roster. Both of them are seniors but have one more year of eligibility due to the NCAA’s COVID-19 eligibility relief.

    Hooker has earned the starting job and has been great as Tennessee’s starter. The Virginia Tech transfer has 21 total touchdowns and four total turnovers while posting the third-best quarterback rating in the country.

    Four-star Tayven Jackson will join Tennessee’s quarterback room before the start of next season and the Vols will likely be active in the transfer portal looking for a quarterback.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.