Former Five-Star, Tennessee Quarterback Announces Transfer Destination

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    Former Tennessee quarterback Harrison Bailey is transferring to UNLV, the sophomore announced Tuesday.

    Bailey was a high four-star recruit according to the 247sports composite rankings, and even a five-star on Rivals.

    The Marietta, Georgia native played in six games in his Tennessee career and started three of them. Bailey threw for 594 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions with 68 of his 75 snaps coming during his freshman season.

    After Josh Heupel replaced Jeremy Pruitt, Bailey fell down Tennessee’s depth chart becoming the third string quarterback entering the season and eventually entering the transfer portal in late October.

    UNLV has been one of the worst programs in FBS football the last few seasons, combining for 15-39 record the last five seasons. Rebels head coach Marcus Arroyo is entering his third season as head coach in Las Vegas. In his first two seasons, UNLV is 2-16 including a 2-10 record this past season.

    Tennessee has lost three quarterbacks to the transfer portal since Josh Heupel became head coach. The Vols dismissed freshman Kaidon Salter from the program in June due to off the field incidents. The Texas native landed at Liberty.

    Junior quarterback Brian Maurer entered the transfer portal in August before landing at FCS power Stephen F. Austin last month.

    Tennessee’s starting quarterback spot is in good hands with Hendon Hooker returning for his super senior season. However, depth is a weak spot with only two other scholarship quarterbacks being Joe Milton III and incoming freshman Tayven Jackson.

    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.