Tennessee QB Announces Transfer Destination

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    Former Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer is headed to Texas, as the transfer signed with Stephen F. Austin Univerity on Wednesday.

    Maurer visited Stephen F. Austin last weekend.

    SFA plays is a strong FCS program that went 8-4 with a 28-22 loss to Texas Tech and a 21-20 loss to then-FCS No.1 Sam Houston State. The Lumberjacks made it to the first round of the 24-team FCS Playoff before losing to Incarnate Wood.

    Maurer played in 10 games and started four games in two seasons in Knoxville before entering the transfer portal this fall camp and effectively redshirting this season. The Ocala, Florida native stayed in classes at Tennessee through the fall semester to stay in good academic standing for his new school.

    Maurer completed 47% of his passes for 524 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions during the 2019 season while adding 48 yards and two rushing touchdowns. As Tennessee’s third/fourth sting quarterback in 2020, Maurer completed just two-of-six passes for nine yards.

    The 6-foot-3 quarterback’s talent was evident. Maurer boasts a big arm, is mobile and can throw the ball accurately at different arm angles. However, Maurer struggled to stay healthy and consistently put the ball in harm’s way.

    Maurer still has three years of eligibility to play due to NCAA COVID-19 eligibility relief and redshirting the 2021 season.

    Tennessee leaves the early signing period with three scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster or signed. Hendon Hooker will be the Vols’ starter in 2021 and incoming freshman Tayven Jackson will spend the year on the bench learning UT’s system.

    The question mark is what will Joe Milton III do. The senior quarterback would have to sit out a season if he transferred but the path to playing time at Tennessee is bare.

    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.