Tennessee Transfer Lands At SEC Foe

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    Former Tennessee running back Dee Beckwith is transferring to Kentucky. The Florence, Alabama native showed up on the Wildcats’ 2022 roster after entering the transfer portal in January.

    The former high three-star recruit spent two seasons at Tennessee, bouncing around a handful of positions before settling at running back. Beckwith played in three games while still redshirting his freshman season.

    After Josh Heupel replaced head coach Jeremy Pruitt following Beckwith’s freshman season, the massive 6-foot-5, 227-pound running back struggled to find a role.

    Beckwith played in two games as a sophomore before entering the transfer portal.

    The Alabama native finished his Tennessee career with four carries for 27 yards and will have four years of eligibility at Kentucky due to the NCAA’s COVID-19 relief.

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    Tennessee-Kentucky has flourished into a strong SEC east rivalry in recent years due to the Wildcats’ upturn under head coach Mark Stoops.

    Despite Tennessee’s football struggled, Stoops is just 2-7 against the Vols’ in his time in Lexington. Still, Kentucky has won the annual matchup twice in the last five years and has had success in the ‘Volunteer State’ on the recruiting trail.

    Heupel’s signature victory in his inaugural season was a thrilling, 45-42, over No. 18 Kentucky in Lexington. The Vols and Wildcats meet on Oct. 29 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.

    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.